I tried to install FreeBSD 5.1 today, and ran into several issues. Machine in question is a generic AMD 1500 with 1GB RAM and 80GB IDE disk running OpenBSD. I'm attempting to install a small setup, just for quick testing.
prep: Downloaded floppy images and base sets to a FAT32 partition, /mnt/freebsd in openbsd. made floppies, rebooted. installation: boots fine, comes up into sysintall. i choose normal installation. fdisk goes fine. i created a 1GB partition. it's ad0s2 i have enough RAM, i'd rather not use swap. disklabel defaulted to 120MB /, 512MB swap, 100MB var and tmp, and 80MB /usr i think. Now I know FreeBSD isn't going to fit in 80MB /usr. So delete it all, and just create 1GB /. Next it asks me where to install from. I want to install from local disk, a FAT32 partition. I choose localdisk from the menu, and it asks me, where is this mounted? umm, it's not mounted yet. i just enter /mnt/freebsd Go on, pick basic sets, and say yes, ready to install. Then a box pops up, telling me i can't install without swap. i go back, create 200MB swap, 800MB /, and try again. this time the error message is can't find device node /dev/ad0s2b to create swap. escape to emergency shell. this is pretty rough, there's no ls. but using echo *, i can tell that yes, the only /dev entries for ad0s2 are ad0s2a and ad0s2c. there's also no mount or mount_msdos command. at this point i'm stuck. i went back through, and tried a few more times using custom install. every time its the same. if i don't create swap, it refuses to go forward. if i do create swap, it complains about missing /dev/ad0s2b. even if i tricked it into letting me past, how do i specify that base sets are on the localdisk, in a DOS partition? 1. why do i need to create a swap partition? (i can deal with it, just a little extra aggravation.) 2. why does sysinstall pick disklabel values that clearly can't work? 3. why is there no /dev/ad0s2b node? how do i create it, since i need a swap partition? 4. what do i enter into the file system box? the DOS partition isn't mounted, and i have no idea how to mount it. Thanks for help, and I hope I've given enough information. -- so what do you want you want to be famous and rich and happy but you're terrified you have nothing to offer this world _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"