where to ask about problems with bsdinstall in 9.0RC2?

Fbsd8 fbsd8 at a1poweruser.com
Sat Nov 19 02:02:38 UTC 2011

William Bulley wrote:
> According to Edward Martinez <eam1edward at gmail.com> on Fri, 11/18/11 at 19:53:
>>    Have you tried installing with "ACPI" disabled.
>> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/bsdinstall-install-trouble.html#Q3.10.2.1.
>>      this also may be of some help:
>>      http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/bsdinstall-partitioning.html
> Thanks.
> I will try disabling "ACPI" but this wasn't necessary for the install
> of 8.2-RELEASE from CD which, as I said, went in just as I expected.
> I would not think that much would have changed in 9.0RC2 in this area.
> Maybe I am wrong about that.
> The second URL describes the Manual vs. Guided install and partition
> section of bsdinstall.  I had read this several days before the 9.0RC2
> install attempt from DVD.  It seemed pretty reasonable, but a little bit
> different from sysinstall.  Was worth a try.
> What I saw when I selected Manual partitioning, was a complete tree:
>     ad0
>        ad0s1               [FreeBSD Boot Manager from 8.2]
> 	  ad0s1a   xxxx    [was my previous root partition]
> 	  ad0s1d   xxxx    [was my previous swap partition]
> 	  ad0s1d   xxxx    [was my previous /var partition]
> 	  ad0s1e   xxxx    [was my previous /usr partition]
> or something very close to that, missing only my mount points from my
> previous 8.2-STABLE system.  I added the mount points (this is the area
> where I thought bsdinstall had some weaknesses in the "User Experience")
> and went on after selecting "Finish".
> The problem occurred much later after I selected all four install files.
> When I said the equivalent of "Go", it began the process of loading them
> off the DVD, checking their checksums, and compressing them prior to
> installing them.  It was while processing the first (base.txz) chunk
> that the popup appeared giving me the "unable to write" or "unable to
> uncompress" message.  Can't recall the exact error now some hours later...  :-(
> So the extraction step failed the first file, and I never made it to
> the Post-Installation phase, sigh...  :-(
> Regards,
> web...

I think you have under sized /usr and the uncompress ran out of space 
during the install. Start over again, wipe the disk clean (ie: delete 
all slices)and re-allocate your slices with larger space allocations.

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