Install from .iso Fails
mafsys1234 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 2 00:54:40 UTC 2019
[I cropped a lot of this message - it's needless detail]
> I killed all the bsdinstall stuff before I answered any of the questions. As soon as the first install box appeared, I switched to ttyv3(?) where root was logged in. Before selecting keyboard model.
It's still risky. Who knows what it has started writing out. If you have to do this, I suggest just rebooting and restarting the installation rather than re-starting via the console.
> I use grub at the console to choose the system to boot and I login at a console prompt. In my .bash_profile, I startx. I use TWM because it is least intrusive. I use emacs in an xterm for development.
Not an unremarkable situation, I would think.
> I have a multi-os system.
> sata6g_1 HD0 SSD ubuntu 18.04
> sata6g_2 HD1 WD5000 Ubuntu 18.04
> sata3g_3 HD2 WD5000 windows 7 - not used
(the last best windows IMHO)
> sata3g_4 HD3 WD5000 empty - this is where I tried to install FreeBSD
> sata3g_5 HD4 WD5000 windows 7 secondary plex- not used
> sata3g_6 DVD DRW-24B3LT
> sata6g_E1 (empty)
> sata6g_E2 (empty)
> After starting bsdinstall on ttyv3(?), I chose the automatic layout.
That should work. I dare say many others use that format. I would encourage you to use manual layout and so expand your knowledge of why different partitions should be made (like /var and /usr) as separate partitions. It really doesn't take all that long, considering you were attempting to install using the ftp option. (I remember having to map cylinders/heads/sectors to boundaries back in ye olde days of FreeBSD, so it's got easier.. somewhat.)
> OK, that does not seem to be a reasonable way to go.
> I will download the DVD set. Is it possible that I get reasonable USB 3.0 support from the full DVD rather than the net install?
If you haven't used BSD for a while it seems the prudent thing to do.
> What do I need to do to avoid scribbling on sata6g_1 HD0? That contains grub.
Don't install a boot manager when it asks. Leave it to Grub. (Not having used Grub for a long time, I expect you need to edit Grub to find the new disk with FreeBSD on it?)
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