[FreeBSD 7.0-BETA1 and beyound] Rescue environment is non-functional on AMD64/Intel64

Wayne Chapeskie waynec at spinnaker.com
Thu Nov 8 15:23:19 PST 2007

On Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 03:18:03PM +0200, Andriy Gapon wrote:
> on 08/11/2007 00:25 Wayne Chapeskie said the following:
> > For BETA2, there is a separate livefs iso image available for amd64 and
> > ia64.  The i386 disc1 ISO's still include "Fixit" functionality, in the
> > usual place in the first sysinstall menu.  If the required packages take
> > up too much space for the i386 release, we will probably see a separate
> > livefs ISO for this as well.  Earlier releases or snapshots for the
> > amd64 and ia64 may not have had the same space constraints, and
> > perhaps included fixit/livefs functionality on the disc1 ISO.
> BTW, maybe this should be documented somewhere ?
> Explanations like this one should not be left to mailing list archives
> and search engine indexes alone.
> It seems that livefs ISOs are produced for some time now, but I never
> saw any description of them. This might not be a good example, but if I
> google for "FreeBSD livefs" I don't get any meaningful results, mostly
> links to the ISOs. So until now I was puzzled about the purpose of those
> ISOs and their difference to disk1 live fs functionality. Yes, I am a
> newcomer from i386 to amd64.

We are still in the beta stage of the release cycle, where the mailing
list is actually a good place to find out what is going on.  Web site
documentation usually doesn't catch up until release time. The purposes of
the various release ISO images are documented in the release
announcements -- see the 6.2 release announcement at
which did indeed mention the "live CD" functionality in disc1.

In 6.2, only ia64 had a livefs ISO, amd64 did not, nor did i386.  The
configuration of the release ISO's does change over the years, and has
in the past been documented in a README in the ftp directories, and is
now documented in the release announcements.  The ia64 livefs ISO was a
slight oversight in the 6.2 release notes, but since we are going to be
seeing more cases of livefs not fitting on the disc1 install, I imagine
future release announcements will reflect that.

Wayne Chapeskie

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