Documentation: Installing FreeBSD 7.0 via serial console and PXE

Christian Laursen xi at
Thu Jan 31 09:20:31 PST 2008

Jeremy Chadwick <koitsu at> writes:

> I believe the options you're referring to are LOADER_TFTP_SUPPORT and
> LOADER_NFS_SUPPORT.  Even if you define LOADER_NFS_SUPPORT=no, loader(8)
> will still resort to using NFS.  I've confirmed this on a couple
> occasions by defining PXE_DEBUG=1 and looking at the output.  NFS, from
> what I can tell, is needed regardless because TFTP offers no way (AFAIK)
> of handling directory structures.  This is speculation on my part, but
> the confirmation that there's no way to do a pure TFTP-based install has
> been verified.

I have installed FreeBSD via PXE a lot of times and managed to avoid
using NFS every single time.

Very brief notes about how to do it is included on this page:

Christian Laursen

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