But can you do a ftp-install from an archived version? If, how?

Regards,
Johan

On 5/11/06, Andy Reitz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

On Thu, 11 May 2006, Mike Hunter wrote:

> Dear FreeBSD Questions,
>
> I have a not-so-new laptop that I tried to install FBSD on yesterday.
> This laptop can only be made to boot from floppies (usb boot doesn't
work,
> no cdrom) and I happen to have some 5.3-RELEASE boot floppies laying
> around.
>
> I am successfully able to get into the installer, format the disk,
create
> new FS's, DHCP, select the "Minimal" distribution and try the FTP
install.
> But, no matter what I do, the ftp servers never have the
distribution.  I
> tried several, including ftp.freebsd.org.
>
> I have had this problem repeatedly over the years, always with older
> distributions.  The error message says that I can go to the Options menu
> and change my distribution to "any", but that never works either.
>
> What's the story?  Do older bases get removed from the ftp servers, or
is
> there a different string I should be using in options (I tried
> 5.3-STABLE), or am I missing something?  Please don't make me create new
> boot floopies!  :)

Dear Befuddled,

If you FTP to 'ftp.freebsd.org' and poke around, you'll find this
directory listing in the '/pub/FreeBSD/releases/i386/' directory:

ncftp .../FreeBSD/releases/i386 > dir
drwxr-xr-x   19 110      0         1024   Apr  2 00:40   2.2.9-RELEASE
lrwxr-xr-x    1 110      0           10   Nov 25 18:36   4.11 moved to
ftp-archive -> README.TXT
drwxrwxr-x    2 110      0          512   Apr 11  2005   5.0-CURRENT
lrwxr-xr-x    1 110      0           10   Dec 19 18:36   5.3 has moved to
ftp-archive -> README.TXT
drwxrwxr-x   19 110      0         1024   May  9  2005   5.4-RELEASE
drwxrwxr-x   19 110      0         1024   Feb  4 09:17   5.5-BETA1
drwxrwxr-x   19 110      0         1024   Mar 14 18:58   5.5-BETA4
drwxrwxr-x   13 110      0          512   Nov  4  2005   6.0-RELEASE
drwxrwxr-x   13 110      0         1024   Feb  4 09:18   6.1-BETA1
drwxrwxr-x   14 110      0         1024   May  8 00:52   6.1-RELEASE
drwxrwxr-x    8 110      0          512   Apr  1 07:50   ISO-IMAGES
-rw-rw-r--    1 110      0          637   Nov 23 19:21   README.TXT

As you can see, they have a nice symlink which states that FreeBSD 5.3 has
been moved to the 'ftp-archive'. Here is the relevant section from
README.TXT:

NOTE: Old releases are available at:

  ftp://ftp-archive.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD-Archive/old-releases/

And if you go and poke around on that server, you will find all of the
bits for 5.3-RELEASE.

HTH,
        -Andy.

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