sysinstall and mfs Great News and another Question

Randi Harper randi at
Fri Feb 12 20:40:09 UTC 2010

Please create a PR for any problems you find here or additions to
install.cfg that you would like to see, and I'll take a look at it.

-- randi

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 7:41 PM, Martin McCormick
<martin at> wrote:
>        I really hate to give up on anything and I finally found
> out my problem with getting sysinstall to use the hard drive
> rather than garbaging up mfs every time. The problem is not
> something you can set in the partition editor or disklabel
> editor. It is found in the very first menu which oddly is
> numbered 2 and is the options editor. The option that makes it
> all work is one that lets you specify where you want the
> distribution to go on the drive. It is always set for you when
> using the CDROM unless you were formatting another disk so it is
> kind of easy to miss. I missed it for a week and a half.
>        Now the question. There are a bunch of functions that
> can be set in sysinstall such as the bsdlabel editor, partition
> editor and dists to name a few. It would be nice to be able to
> set that mount point in install.cfg because I am trying to make
> a script that coworkers can run to configure a system quickly
> without having to waste a week of their own trying to figure it
> all out.
>        It turns out that one can format the disk, mount
> /dev/ad0s1a on /mnt and then one must set the root option to
> /mnt and things work so much better!
>        Occasionally, /var fills up and I haven't figured out
> why but it appears that ftp gets ahead of the ability to store
> the files. Whatever it happening, it is now more right than
> wrong.
>        Again, thanks for all your help.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Telecommunications Services Group
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