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Date:      Mon, 2 Jun 1997 10:46:07 -0400
From:      "Troy Settle" <rewt@i-Plus.net>
To:        <bricketts@sia.net.au>, <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: Help
Message-ID:  <199706021445.KAA23699@radford.i-plus.net>

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From: Ben Ricketts <bricketts@sia.net.au>
>I have tried to copy the boot.flp image to a 1.44 floppy,
unfortunateky
>it seems that the image file is larger than the capacity of my
floppy.
>Is there any way to make the image file smaller?
>
>Help much appreciated

Ben,

Since you appear to be new to UNIX in general, and FreeBSD in
specific, a bit of helpful advice seems to be in order...  When you
come accross a file called README.TXT, it's usually advisable to read
that file before posting a question to a mailing list, newsgroup,
irc, or whatever.  If you had done this, you would probably be done
installing FreeBSD by now, instead of waiting for an answer.

As long as you are using FreeBSD or any unix variant, you'll find
that this advice will come in handy more times than you'll be able to
count.

--
Troy Settle <st@i-Plus.net>
Network Administrator, iPlus Internet Services
http://www.i-Plus.net

>From the file README.TXT in the floppies directory (where you got the
boot.flp file)

 [ The newer/ subdirectory also contains more up-to-date images with
fixes ]
[ The I18N-flp/ subdirectory contains floppies with national
language
  support (for laptops (bootpao) and standard (boot) computers) ]

For a normal CDROM or network installation, all you need to copy onto
an
actual floppy from this directory is the boot.flp image (for 1.44MB
floppies).

NOTE: These images are NOT DOS files!  You cannot simply copy them
to
a DOS floppy as regular files, you need to *image* copy them to the
floppy with fdimage.exe under DOS or `dd' under UNIX.

For example:

To create the boot floppy image from DOS, you'd do something like
this:

C> fdimage boot.flp a:

Assuming that you'd copied fdimage.exe and boot.flp into a directory
somewhere.  If you were doing this from the base of a CD
distribution,
then the *exact* command would be:

E> tools\fdimage floppies\boot.flp a:

Assuming that you'd copied fdimage.exe and boot.flp into a directory
somewhere.  If you were doing this from the base of a CD
distribution,
then the *exact* command would be:

E> tools\fdimage floppies\boot.flp a:


If you're creating the boot floppy from a UNIX machine, you may find
that:

        dd if=floppies/boot.flp of=/dev/rfd0

or

        dd if=floppies/boot.flp of=/dev/floppy

work well, depending on your hardware and operating system
environment
(different versions of UNIX have totally different names for the
floppy drive - neat, huh? :-).

--
Troy Settle <st@i-Plus.net>
Network Administrator, iPlus Internet Services
http://www.i-Plus.net




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