Failure to do netinstall

Randi Harper randi at
Sat Oct 31 21:55:07 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:34 AM, John Nielsen <lists at> wrote:

> On Friday 30 October 2009 03:12:29 Vadim Maksimenko wrote:
> > I have faced an unpleasant fact that your netinstall ability of 7.2
> > RELEASE and 8.0-RC2 are dead. My network card is being identified and
> > initialized properly (an old 3com980), it gets DHCP setup (IP, gateway,
> > info is ok), but... That's all that is done properly. When I try to
> select
> > any flavor of network install, it crashes with a message like "Cannot
> > connect bla bla bla: the connect is in wrong state."
> I just did a network installation of 8.0-RC2 yesterday (albeit from an
> 8.0-RC1
> bootonly CD) so I'm fairly certain it's not totally broken. Since you
> apparently got a valid DHCP lease on your NIC it's probably not the card or
> the driver that's broken either
> > What should I do now if I want to install FreeBSD via network and have
> > no option of changing the hardware?
> We need to figure out what _is_ wrong. Can you provide more details of the
> exact steps you took during the setup? Do you have the exact error message?
> Guessing wildly, it's entirely possible that sysinstall got confused at
> some
> point. Did you have to repeat the network configuration or FTP server
> selection? Did you try repeating the installation after a reboot?
> JN

You might also try enabling debugging messages and seeing what's on the next
tty over when it fails.

-- randi

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