How to list /etc/fstab in new BFSD label?

Polytropon freebsd at
Mon Oct 22 06:56:02 UTC 2012

On Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:00:13 -1000, Al Plant wrote:
> Aloha,
> I cant find any How TO on writing the hardware devices into /etc/fstab 
> to mount and find how the DVD and CD players get connected.

Open the file in your favourite editor and add the lines according
to your needs, if this was the question. :-)

> (This happens to be with a test box FreeBSD 10.* which has worked fine 
> other than that.) The BSD install I understand is also for FreeBSD 9.* 
> as well.
> fd0, /floppy,  acd0 /cdrom, acd1 DVD, do not come up although they are 
> in /dmesg list.

I thought FreeBSD would have removed the acd devices in favour of
the "SCSI-backed" cd device drivers?

If dmesg lists the devices as recognized, the required device files
should be present in /dev. Ye olde sysinstall did add them to your
first /etc/fstab, but you are free to add whatever you like manually.
For the purpose of installation, they shouldn't be needed. And I have
to admit that I've never actually seen them in one of the dialogs
in the installer - only the hard disk related things are in there.
The automatically generated /etc/fstab at least had them listed
(for sysinstall, not tested for bsdinstall).

However, "modern" HAL + DBUS combinations prefer not to have any
media devices listed in /etc/fstab, because they're doing the stuff
required on their own.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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