Install from a USB Pen

Randi Harper randi at
Tue Jul 14 09:24:48 UTC 2009

On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 7:17 PM, Fbsd1 <fbsd1 at> wrote:

> Mark Wallbank wrote:
>> OK I know this has probably been done to death by know and I keep
>> hitting the same problems with the methods I have tried to find on
>> google and I know I could just sacrifice a laptop and do a build to
>> create the image or do a net (pxe) install from another NIX serverbut
>> it does seem to be a bit over the top. Does any body know of an easy
>> way to create a bootable USB install media for 7.2 using either linux
>> or vista (or using an option from the install dvd). I have tried some
>> of the tricks from openBSD and linux to no avail.
>> Any help appreciated...
>> Cheers
>> Mark
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> If your asking how to put the cd1 install contents onto a usb stick and use
> the sysinstall program to perform the install on the target box then check
> the archive.
> It has a post with a script to convert the cd1 install disk to usb stick.
> But the show stopper is the sysinstall program does not have option for usb
> stick as install source. There was a bug report submitted 2 years ago
> pointing out this oversight, but as of 7.2 it has not been corrected.
> If you think the sysinstall program should have install source option for
> usb stick them file your own bug report. The more people who file bug
> reports the more attention this problem will get from the developers.
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... or you could just download an official image instead of going to all of
that trouble. Check the FTP site, there's a memstick.img if you're down for
using with 8 instead of 7. There are currently three PRs about this, and I
recently took ownership of them. Filing duplicate bug reports doesn't "get
attention", it's just annoying and it makes trying to improve sysinstall
that much more difficult because I'll have to spend more time closing these
duplicates and less time fixing problems. There has been an email that
stated there is USB install support in sysinstall as of 8.0 BETA1, and USB
livefs support as of 8.0 BETA2. The PRs for USB support in sysinstall will
be updated and closed soon. Don't open new ones.

You're welcome! :D

-- randi

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