More on strange 8.0 issues

Chuck Bacon crtb at
Fri Feb 12 14:49:49 UTC 2010

>From my mobo, ASUS M4A785-M, and uname -a:
FreeBSD tomato.local 8.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE #1:
Fri Jan 22 19:50:14 EST 2010
root at tomato.local:/usr/src/sys/amd64/compile/TOMATO  amd64
Yes, I've tried GENERIC for all these issues, and also an
i386 image!  Mobo problem?

I sent email remarking on inconvenient behavior on gv (no page
numbers, can't go backward) and X (from text mode back to X
sends "esc [ 2 0 ~" to stdin).  Here's another, and a real
trouble spot:

I have two CD-DVD drives, one PATA and one SATA.  Neither can
burn a CD, returning either busy or error.  I had to burn the
8.0-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso CD on my old iBook!  And yes, I
also replaced the ATA drive with one from another box.

Final issue, probably no answer.  I installed a ubuntu distro
on my /dev/ad0s2, with -s1 and -s3 remaining FreeBSD (no -s4).
My boot loader shows
   F1  FreeBSD		(an older 8.0-RELEASE, GENERIC)
   F2  Linux		(new ubuntu)
   F3  FreeBSD		(/backup)
   F5  Drive 1		(a couple more 8.0-RELEASEs :-)
When I hit F2, I get the the first FreeBSD.  Linux is bypassed.
When I installed ubuntu from the CD I didn't rewrite the boot.
Could I have boot FreeBSD if I had installed grub?  Perhaps I
should ask a Linux forum :-|

Many Thanks for previous help through the years,
and to Polytropon, whose suggestion about buffering some text
and testing the "esc [ 2 0 ~" behavior, didn't work, but may
lead somewhere!

 	Chuck Bacon -- crtb at

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