FreeBSD 7.0 installation problems.Please help!

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Fri Sep 26 23:01:11 UTC 2008

On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 01:58:41PM -0700, Steve Franks wrote:

> > "Write failure on transfer!
> > (wrote -1 bytes of 1425408 bytes)"
> > "Unable to transfer the GENERIC distribution from acd0"
> I'm a bit of a n00b too.  There's a whole host of things that have
> given me that issue - bad cd drive, scratched disk, etc.
> More importantly, I've seen sysinstall never actually format the disk,
> so then it can't write to it.  The way I fixed it is by hitting "w"
> (write) before "q" (quit) in both the fdisk and partition pages of
> sysinstall.  I've seen this behavior on both 6.2 and 7.0, and I've
> never paid enough attention to repeat it or figure out what I did
> wrong - I just use the write command manually and things seem happier.
>  Make sure you see a box pop up on the partition/label page when you
> hit write that mentions something about "doing newfs ....", otherwise
> just start over.  I think that's the magic step.

I don't remember the necessary letter just at this moment, but
you must hit the letter to tell it to actually write the stuff
or it won't do it.   That is normal behavior.


> Hope this helps,
> Steve
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