I've crafted a USB flash thumb drive containing a bootable UFS partition
containing the contents of 7.0-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso. It boots properly
and sysinstall runs as expected, so I'm all set to install FreeBSD to a
system that has no optical drive. Just as "fbsd2" in the following
thread, I ran into the problem of being unable to specify the USB thumb
drive as the installation media:
[ http://tinyurl.com/4o7pkl ]
I was not deterred though because I knew from Reid Linnemann's response
that I just needed to select "Install from an existing filesystem". I
also understood that I'd need to go to the Fixit menu first and launch
the Emergency Holographic Shell (EHS) first in order to mount the thumb
drive's UFS partition. Unfortunately, the final response in the above
thread appears to indicate that "fbsd2" might not have understood what
he was seeing and it seems no one followed up with an explanation or
solution. The problem is that the EHS, exactly as advertised, has a very
small set of commands. While it does include 'mount_nfs', it does not
appear to include anything for mounting a local UFS filesystem, which
strikes me as being a strange thing to leave out.
So, can anyone tell me how I can mount my thumb drive's UFS partition
from within sysinstall? Linnemann countering the "fbsd2" assertion that
this is a show stopper now looks to me to have been a little hasty, but
I need to believe I'm missing something here.
If there really isn't a way to mount the thumb drive's filesystem, is
there a way to custom the ISO content such that either 1) the EHS can
have 'mount' added to it, or 2) the thumb drive's filesystem can be
automatically mounted upon sysinstall startup? Yes, I realize anything's
possible if I were willing to build a whole new custom ISO from the
ground up, but that's more dramatic than I'm ready for.
I know virtually nothing about NFS, so excuse what is probably a stupid
question... is it possible to use sysinstall's NFS capabilities to mount
a local UFS filesystem somehow?
Carl / K0802647
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