Remote Building of FreeBSD

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Mon Mar 1 17:36:07 UTC 2010

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Martin McCormick <martin at
> wrote:

> One can almost but not quite remotely build a FreeBSD system
> using mfsbsd. The problem is that in order to install the
> mfsboot.img data on the main boot drive, it is necessary to use
> dd to write it there and a working system already has mounted
> all partitions in the main drive.
>        The systems I will be upgrading have 1 or more gigabytes
> of RAM available so a memory disk could conceivably hold the
> roughly 40-meg image that must be written to the boot sector of
> the main drive.
>        For this to work, one must unmount all main drive
> partitions and still be able to do something like:
> dd if=mfsboot.img of=/dev/ad0
>        After that, the reboot will launch mfsbsd and the rest
> appears to be manageable.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK

This seems to be similar to the depenguinator.

Maybe there some approach in there to get you over the hump.

Adam Vande More

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