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
> 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.
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