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Date:      Tue, 21 May 2013 15:10:57 -0500 (CDT)
From:      Tim Nelson <tnelson@rockbochs.com>
To:        freebsd-questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Installing 8.1-RELEASE - Problems via FTP
Message-ID:  <7835579.108022.1369167057732.JavaMail.root@rockbochs.com>
In-Reply-To: <13CA24D6AB415D428143D44749F57D7201F546F7@ltcfiswmsgmb26>

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----- Original Message -----
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> On May 21, 2013, at 9:39 AM, Tim Nelson wrote:
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> > Greetings-
> >=20
> > I have need to install FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE amd64 to build some
> > packages. My usual method of installation is via the
> > *-bootonly.iso, pulling the install from FTP. However, it appears
> > since 8.1-RELEASE is old and deprecated, none of the mirrors have
> > the files available anymore to use during the installer.
> >=20
>=20
> Poppycock=E2=80=A6
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> BEFORE you get to the sysinstall media selection dialog, make a
> detour into the "Options", use arrow-up/down to highlight "Release
> Name", press SPACEBAR, and change from X.Y-RELEASE to "any" (without
> quotes; also acceptable would be "__RELEASE" without quotes).
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> NOTE: This will tell sysinstall to *not* try and auto-detect the
> release directory path on the FTP server but instead use the exact
> path that you give it.
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> When you get to the media selection dialog, use FTP-Passive with the
> following URL:
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> =09ftp://ftp-archive.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD-Archive/old-releases/i386/8.=
1-RELEASE/
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> That should work. The "any" (or "__RELEASE") release-name tells it to
> not try things like "pub/FreeBSD/releases/<arch>/<relName>" (which
> obviously doesn't exist, given extra "-Archive" and "old-" prefixes
> in some of the path directory elements).
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>=20

This worked perfectly, no problems. Thanks for the help!

--Tim



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