On Thu Oct 2 06:59:47 UTC 2008 Jonathan McKeown wrote:
On a system running 6.2-RELEASE, with a 6.2-RELEASE Disc 1 in the CD drive but
tar xvfC /dev/acd0 serialcd
These two commands created a directory tree in serialcd containing most of the
contents of the CD. There was a ``tar ignoring out-of-order file'' error, and
when I mounted the CD and ran
diff -qr /cdrom serialcd
it reported that RELNOTES.TXT differed - in fact the version in the serialcd
directory turned out to have zero length. [I suspect you could probably do
this comparison quicker with mtree, and I never did bother to fix it or find
out why it was happening]
Thanks, Jonathan. So I've redone the process again. I'm working from the
original ISO image instead of a physical CD copy of it, so I utilize
step 4 from Jeremy Chadwick's document
(http://jdc.parodius.com/freebsd/pxeboot_serial_install.html) to make
the initial directory tree. There are no tar error messages.
I edited serialcd/boot/loader.conf to include the line
I did exactly that, although I also tried adding the following lines
instead on a separate attempt:
I then ran
mkisofs -J -r -b boot/cdboot -no-emul-boot -o serialcd.iso serialcd
and got an ISO image, serial.iso, which is about 600MB.
Your switches are a little different from my original procedure, so this
time I used yours.
The only drawback with this method is that the serial console only cuts in
just before the boot menu. I suspect that if you wanted to have a serial
console for every stage of the boot you would need to mess about with the
ramdisk image on the CD.
So creating a boot.config in the root of the CD image cannot be used the
way it is for a hard drive installation in order to solve that problem?
Anyway, I didn't create a boot.config this time, so I should have ended
up with a 7.0 equivalent of your 6.2 serialcd.iso, which I then burned
and tried. End result? Abject failure again. All boot stages still use
the internal console.
Just after "Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf" appears, there is a
*very* long pause added as compared with the unmodified install CD.
Eventually it resumes. Don't know why that's happening.
Carl / K0802647
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