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Date:      Mon, 19 Aug 1996 20:19:20 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Doug White <>
To:        Rob Urban <>
Subject:   Re: installing from floppies...
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On Mon, 19 Aug 1996, Rob Urban wrote:

> Thanks for the wonderful support you gave me when I was trying to
> install from floppy and it wasn't working.  Using your tips, I wasn't
> able to get it running and had to go to a lot more trouble to get
> FreeBSD running.  Namely because I only got one tip, and it was wrong.

This was because:

1)  Not many people use the floppy install since it is rather long and
painful.  But it _is_ necessary in some cases, we hate to say.

2)  I was gone on vacation.  I've seen others struggle over it and I think
I've figured out how the floppies have to be laid out for them to work

> I followed the instructions to in INSTALL.TXT to the _letter_, but they
> are wrong. 

That's no surprise.  I think the floppy install got left out of much of
our install testing, and as a result the docs weren't updated either.
Put a complaint into and maybe that'll prod them into
fixing them.  

I'm about ready to subscribe over there and help them fix stuff.

> I asked which of the files in the install directories
> must be present on the floppies.  The single answer said "only the
> foo.aa, foo.ab,, etc" ones.  The answer is that the foo.inf file
> MUST be on the first floppy where 'foo' in introduced (and maybe on
> all floppies, but I only tried on floppy with 'bin')

That is true.

> This should have occurred to me I suppose, because foo.inf is a 8.3
> compatible name, whereas foo.mtree isn't, and this should have tipped
> me off. Oh well.


> So thanks again for the support.

We try.  We fail, but we try :)

Sorry for the lack of response.  That's rather untypical of us, unless you
didn't follow the suggestions in the "Getting the Most from Questions"
message and we discarded it due to lack of information.

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:    | Residence Networking Assistant    | Computer Science Major

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