FreeBSD 9.3R installation question(s)

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Mon Sep 7 22:11:36 UTC 2015

On 09/07/15 10:45, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> I will be bringing 2 new boxen online in the next few days/weeks. Both 
> were originally intended to run CentOS6 (I even have kickstart files 
> prepped & ready to go), however in view of recent success using 
> VirtualBox (& in stark contrast to *serious* issues w/ same last year 
> this time) & desire to reduce the .... aaaah .... dirversity of boxen 
> on my LAN, I decided to use FreeBSD 9.3R on both. Both are AMD 
> A-series APU based, 1 w/ 8 HDD's, to become my dev-box, the other w/ 2 
> HDD's to be used as a home-theatre box w/ MythTV. I would like to 
> optimize usage of disk space as much as possible on both boxen, so I 
> am planning to partition the drives, then RAID the partitions, RAID1 
> for root, RAID0 for others, notably /home, where the preponderance of 
> data will reside on both boxen. Both setups are similar, but slightly 
> more complex than this box, also 9.3R, w/ 4 HDD's, but root on a plain 
> UFS partition, /usr on a 3-partition RAID0 (striped), & /home on a 
> 4-partition RAID0. I am planning on RAID1 (mirrored) root drive for 
> both boxen, both probably created from 16 GB partitions of 2.5" 1 TB 
> HDD's, w/ 16 GB swap partitions, & /home getting the rest (*very* 
> similar to how the drives on this box are setup). I had a fair amount 
> of noob-ish issus w/ the setup of this boxen almost exactly a year 
> ago, as was dramatically chronicled onlist. I eventually got 
> everything going, w/ very good, patient, & necessary onlist help. 
> Hoping to avert as much drama this time around as possible, I am 
> planning to script the installs, to both reduce fat-fingered errors & 
> to allow accurate documentation of the proceedings in case onlist help 
> is needed. I have created 2 scripts for the MythTV box, culled from an 
> online source which I downloaded last year, but can't recall 
> immediately (I'll dredge it up if needed, but I *think* it was good, 
> although slightly different from my setup). Both are designed to be 
> called from appropriate points in the install process. I attach them 
> below & have a couple of questions. The 'setup...' one is to be run 
> before/during the partitioning process, & the other at the end, as 
> indicated in comments. The online handbook indicates that bootcode can 
> be installed on the mirrored root RAID after creation, & before newfs 
> calls. Does this apply for both MBR & FreeBSD boot code ? The manual 
> illustrates using MBR code, but the gpart man-page seems to imply 
> either should work, comments please. Also, that script mounts both 
> newly-created RAID partitions (root & /home) under /mnt before 
> returning to the installer, is that proper ? In the 'finish...' 
> script, the fstab file is written to '/tmp/bsd_install_etc', is that 
> correct, or should it be written to the mounted newly-created root 
> drive (or both) ? TIA & have a nice labor day.

I sent this earlier w/ 2 attachments, both of which show up in my sent 
folder, however they *don't* show up in my in box. Does the list strip 
off '.sh' files ? Please advise & have a good one.


	William A. Mahaffey III


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	 ever devised by man."
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