Michel Talon wrote:
Drew Tomlinson wrote:
The command 'gmirror label root ad8a ad6a' does not return an error but no device is created in /dev/mirror


The command 'zpool create data raid1z ad14d ad12d ad8d ad6d' gives me an error about the ZFS library being unavailable.

Are these tools supposed to work when using the Fix It CD? If not, does 7.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso have these tools?

One can load kernel modules from the fixit cdrom, but as far as i
remember this requires some manipulations.

What i do is, from the fixit prompt:
chroot /mnt2
to go to the full system available on the cdrom under /mnt2. But then required things are missing, so i do further:
mount -t devfs devfs /dev
because access to /dev is frequently required, and for commodity
set -o emacs
(to have shell history and editing)
export PAGER=more
(to be able to access man pages)
After that one has a more or less standard environment. Sometimes one
needs a writable filesystem, for example for accessing internet
(dhclient, resolv.conf, etc.) mount -t tmpfs tmpfs /tmp
does that.

Thank you for your reply. I performed the steps you suggested above. However I am still stuck. After the above, my chrooted /dev did not have any device nodes so I must have done something wrong. I have also tried booting the DVD but the issues are the same. I guess the guide at http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/articles/remote-install/installation.html is missing something required for 7.2.

It would be nice to have a shell script on the fixit cdrom doing similar
things automatically when one accesses fixit.

In your case i suspect appropriate kernel modules were not loaded
and commands failed silently.

I have performed several Gentoo Linux installtions from its LiveCD so I understand the concept of running a system from CD to prepare hard drives and install. However I am missing some piece to make FreeBSDs LiveCD a functional environment.

I'm getting frustrated...  :)

Thanks again for your help,

Drew


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