There is a outstanding PR on sysinstall from usb flash drive which is now
over a year old. The sysinstall install program needs to be updated to use
usb drives as the source of the install media. You could always edit the
sysinstall program source code and make a patch to allow usb sysinstall
media. Other than that you are S.O.L.
I use this script to build my bootable 1GB USB flash drive [ ... ]
Should I assume you've tried the fdisk/disk label method of mounting
your flash drive in sysinstall and that it does not actually work either?
I've been using FreeBSD for well over a decade and it seems that
sysinstall development was all but abandoned a very long time ago.
FWIW, the reason I didn't use your script was that in my case I'm
actually creating multiple partitions on an 8GB thumb drive and using
syslinux such that I can boot any one of several live disk images.
FreeBSD seems to be the one distribution that hasn't clued in that USB
flash devices are ubiquitous. For my hardware, it also looks like
FreeBSD may be having problems with SATA DVD drives too. Since the
motherboard has no IDE controller, USB flash drives may be my only hope
unless I want to move to another OS.
Carl / K0802647
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