It appears I may have neglected to cc the list with my initial reply - if not, apologies in advance for any duplication.

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To: "Matthew Seaman" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, slave-mike <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Re: New work on installer?
Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 05:35:25 -0400

On Mon, 17 May 2004 18:09:19 +0100, Matthew Seaman

On Mon, May 17, 2004 at 12:38:55PM +0000, slave-mike wrote:
If one were to *not* use the installer to setup a FreeBSD system, (aka,
like *old* dos, each step done manually), what are the manual steps

It's not something that I have at my finger-tips, as there's generally no need to install without the installer... However, an outline of the process would be something like this:

    - Boot up system from removable media (CD-Rom, floppy disk),
      or other external media (eg. Netboot (PXE)).

    - Slice and partition disk space appropriately

    - Install boot blocks or MBR if required

    - Create file systems on the partitions that require them.
      Temporarily mount the new file systems so that they can be
      written to.

    - Copy into place the kernel, kernel modules, the contents of the
      system directories like /lib, /bin, /sbin. /usr/bin, /usr/sbin
      This can be from a disk image or .tar file or similar on your
      installation media, or from any other system accessible over the

    - Edit the crucial configuration files (/etc/fstab, /etc/hosts,
      /etc/resolv.conf, /etc/rc.conf, ...) with appropriate data for
      the system.

    - Set a root password and possibly add other user accounts as

- Reboot

DragonFlyBSD is a fork of FreeBSD 4.x that, last I looked, lacks sysinstall. Except for DragonFly's 'cpdup' command (for which one could substitute 'tar' or something similar, I suppose), these instructions for installing DragonFly should therefore fairly closely mirror a sysinstall-less FreeBSD install from a convenient ISO:



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