How does Sysinstall Mount File Systems?

Martin McCormick martin at
Wed Feb 3 00:50:09 UTC 2010

Polytropon writes:
> If I interpret your question correctly, you are intending to
> ask how sysinstall can install on an already sliced, partitioned


> and formatted disk; is this correct?
> You chose "Custom" for the installation. In the partition
> editor, you assign the the located partitions to the functional
> subtrees (/, swap, /tmp, /var, /usr, /home - or any layout you
> want) and make sure that they are of the type "UFS+S" (except
> / which is usually "UFS" without S), and the format option is
> set to "N" which will cause sysinstall not to format the
> partitions.

	I think I failed to do exactly that.

	I have been using FreeBSD and sysinstall for around 8
years but have never used sysinstall in this manner. When you
run it from the CDROM, it quietly mounts everything after
formatting the disk so I thought I should stay away from the
partition editor as the drive is already formatted with Freebsd
and swap partitions. 

> In other words: It's obvious - you just use the disk. :-)

	Thanks for clearing that up. I am discovering a load of
details about sysinstall that I didn't know as well as I thought
I did.

	I think I have asked my quota of really dumb questions
for the day. Thanks to all for your patience.

Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
Systems Engineer
OSU Information Technology Department Telecommunications Services Group

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