Jason Garrett wrote:

On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 18:09, Drew Tomlinson <d...@mykitchentable.net <mailto:d...@mykitchentable.net>> wrote:

    Jason Garrett wrote:

        On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 13:30, Drew Tomlinson
        <d...@mykitchentable.net <mailto:d...@mykitchentable.net>
        <mailto:d...@mykitchentable.net>>> wrote:

           Jason Garrett wrote:


               I see you tried the zpool import and export, but did you
               perform `mkdir /boot/zfs` directly before `zpool export
               && zpool import tank` ?

               I just have to ask because I did not see that
        specified, and
               you mention not being able to find zpool.cache.
        /boot/zfs is
               where zpool.cache hides out.

           Yes I did.  However I figured out my problem.  I was
        chrooted into
           /dist and the zpool.cache was being written to /boot/zfs
        (as you
           mention).  But because of the chroot, when I checked
        /boot/zfs, I
           was *really* checking /dist/boot/zfs.  Thus my problem.  :)

           However I'm still having difficulty.  I suspect I don't have a
           /boot/loader that supports zfs filesystems as I just boot
        to the
           'OK" prompt.  An 'lsdev' only shows BIOS devices but I've seen
           posts on the Net that indicate I should have zfs devices listed
           there too if I have a proper /boot/loader.  I've used the
        one from
           both 7.2-RELEASE.iso and 8.0-BETA1.iso but no luck.  Do you
           of any way I can confirm or deny my suspicion?

        I am in the same spot you are now. I started the process
        yesterday but had to quit because it got too late. Apparently
        the few who have written these guides have gotten it to work,
        but that still eludes me. I'll post back if I get it working
        or have any new developments.

    Well you're doing better than me.  I've been at this for about 10
    days off and on.  :)



Ok, now a few days later and still frustrated. Basically I narrowed my install down to one drive, divided up with gpt. I used a few sections from http://wiki.freebsd.org/ZFSOnRootWithZFSboot - specifially the section on installing the sources from /dist/8.0-BETA1 as well as rebuilding the loader as this guide says.

I actually got it to load the kernel, goes through that ok. As soon as it tries to mount the root filesystem, it hangs with the following messages. (Won't respond to the keyboard anymore)


Trying to mount root from zfs:zroot
If you have invalid mount options, reboot, and first try the following from the loader prompt:

set vfs.root.mountfrom.options=rw (did this,no luck.. also switched to an /etc/fstab layout, still no go)

and then remove the invalid mount options from /etc/fstab.

Loader Variables:
vfs.root.mountfrom.options=rw,noatime (this is from the /etc/fstab attempt)


Then it describes some specifications on how to use the <fstype>:<device>.

I just don't get how some are getting this working, yet it comes so hard for others.

Drew, I hope you have had better luck than I. I may just give up until it is a viable solution.

No, you're still doing better than me. Thanks for the ZFSOnRootWithZFSboot <http://wiki.freebsd.org/ZFSOnRootWithZFSboot> link. I have basically tried rebuilding the loader as described in that guide but did it with 7.2 sources. It didn't work.

My next step is to try with the sources on 8.0-BETA1 DVD iso but every time I download the image and attempt to burn with Nero on a Windows machine, I am notified by Nero of some error in the image and am offered the opportunity to fix or ignore. I don't understand the error but will probably just "ignore" and see if I get a boot. Nero also thinks it's a CD and not DVD. I don't know if that will be an issue or not.

I too have been considering giving up but I'm actually learning so much about the boot process and how to install FBSD that I kind of enjoy it. I've always relied on sysinstall in the past and then done interesting tricks after install to get my filesystems laid out as I want.

Good luck,


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