bsdinstall to jail aborted (9.0-RELEASE-p3, amd64)

Darren Baginski kickbsd at
Sat Jul 28 13:24:51 UTC 2012

28.07.2012, 17:13, "Darren Baginski" <kickbsd at>:
> 28.07.2012, 13:46, "Matthias Petermann" <matthias at>:
>>  Hello,
>>  currently I experienced an unexpected behavior of the FreeBSD bsdinstall installer. Some weeks ago I could use it sucessfully to create a jail environment with
>>  # bsdinstall jail /jails/myjail
>>  Today I tried to repeat this on another system(2) and it fails after the selection of the to-be-used mirror. Also re-trying it on the original system(1) leads to an error but a different one. Since then I upgraded from 9.0-RELEASE to 9.0-RELEASE-p3 using freebsd-update.
>>  Here are the symptoms:
>>  (2) FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE-p3 amd64: After typing "bsdinstall..." it brings me directly to the mirror selection list, but after selecting a mirror it aborts with an error message "An installation step has beeen aborted. Would you like to restart the installer or exit the installer?"
>>  (1) FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE-p3 i386: After typing "bsdinstall..." it brings me to the distribution select dialog. After selection of the distribution set, it shows the mirror selection dialog. After selecting a mirror it aborts with a fetch error "Error while fetching /base.txz: Invalid URL scheme"
>>  I tried different mirrors, too. And they all seem to be basically online - pointing an FTP client to them showed no errors.
>>  So what am I doing wrong? Does bsdinstall maintain some hidden configuration file which may influence its behavior? The environment variables mentioned in bsdinstall(8) are not set on both systems. Or is there a known issue with 9.0-RELEASE-p3 which appears different on amd64 and i386 systems?
>>  It would be great if anyone could validate this.
> I did a quick test on 9.1-PRERELEASE,  ant bsdinstall trying to fetch 9.1-PRERELEASE files, which it surely can't find.
> There must be an option like 'TARGET' to specify exact version to fetch like it's the case for Debian debootsrap.

What I did next is:

#diff -u mirrorselect.orig mirrorselect
--- mirrorselect.orig	2012-07-28 12:55:33.000000000 +0000
+++ mirrorselect	2012-07-28 12:58:49.000000000 +0000
@@ -192,7 +192,7 @@
 exec 3>&-
-BSDINSTALL_DISTSITE="$MIRROR/pub/FreeBSD/releases/`uname -m`/`uname -p`/`uname -r`"
+BSDINSTALL_DISTSITE="$MIRROR/pub/FreeBSD/releases/`uname -m`/`uname -p`/$TARGET"

and then:
#export TARGET=9.0-RELEASE
and again
#bsdinstall jail  /tmp/tstenv

Got a working environment after that.
I thing release/arch selection has to be a part of the installer, either directly or via environment variables.

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