FreeBSD 7.2 o/s on a flash stick

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Sat Jul 4 04:15:11 UTC 2009

Al Plant wrote:
> Aloha Gurus.
> All the gogle-ing I did does not give a current status on or how-to on 
> installing FreeBSD 7.2 on a flash stick on one slice with the default 
> partions.  I want to boot from it on a mini lap top ( no CD ) and use it 
> like the hd inside.
> I see plenty of how-to's on loading Flash sticks for installing on other 
> boxes and using a 2 slice flash to load FreeBSD onto other duplicate 
> boxes again.
> All I need is to have a FreeBSD  o/s on the stick so I can use it 
> instead of the OS on the existing laptop.
> I'm sure I saw on this list where somebody did this successfully but I 
> cant find it.
> Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
> ~Al Plant - Honolulu, Hawaii -  Phone:  808-284-2740
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Hi Al

The way i have done this in 7.0 7.1 and 7.2 is to boot off the cd1 
install cd and do a normal install to my 1gb flash stick. A 1gb flash 
stick is to small for the default slice sizes. You will have to manually 
allocate the / /usr /var /swap sizes. I also found it usefully to set 
the boot flag when allocating the whole flash stick. A 2gb or larger 
flash stick allows you to take the auto-allocate option for / /usr /var 
/swap sizes. Keep in mind that your /var log files can fill up you flash 
stick real quick and lock up your system. If your running this flash 
stick 7/24 then rotate them more often deleting the oldest one. It's as 
simple as that.

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