On Sat, May 08, 2004 at 09:48:27PM -0600, Tim Pushor typed:
> Hi all,
> 
> I do CPIO style image backups of my FreeBSD systems. In the event that I 
> need to restore one of these backups, I usually use the FreeBSD 
> installation media to fdisk and create filesystems, then mount the new 
> filesystems and restore the CPIO archive.
> 
> This system works great for me, but I would like to automate the 
> restoration process. I have worked a little with fdisk and disklabel 
> back in FreeBSD 2.x days (and trying early versions of OpenBSD) but 
> wouldn't really know where to start automating that process. ( I do 
> write code, but the thought of trying to use disklabel to read the 
> geometry of the disks, calculate sizes, cylinder boundaries, etc give me 
> a headache )
> 
> I would really like to specify minimum sizes of partitions and 
> filesystems, with one having all the excess (rather than having to count 
> cylinders).
> 
> I've done some searching on Google and havn't really come up with 
> anything conclusive.
> 
> Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Sounds like you want to use sysinstall in batch mode. The manpage
sysinstall(8) gives a detailed explanation on how to do this.

Ruben

> Thanks!,
> Tim
> 
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