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Date:      Sun, 4 Aug 2002 22:55:23 -0400
From:      Jud <>
To:        Warren Block <>
Cc:, questions@FreeBSD.ORG,
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD installation
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <>
References:  <000001c23c25$9aaed200$057ba8c0@david> <>

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On Sun, 4 Aug 2002 20:30:11 -0600 (MDT)
Warren Block <> wrote:

> On Sun, 4 Aug 2002, Dee wrote:
> > Sorry for the intrusion. I'm a newbie and have followed the
> > FreeBSD handbook closely. 
> > 
> > I have a technical issue with FreeBSD 4.6 installation. After
> > the installation, my computer hangs while "extracting ports
> > into /usr directory.
> >
> > I have tried different cd rom drives, hard drives and even
> > different ISOs. 
> There was an issue with some CD-ROM drives not working unless
> they were in DMA mode.  There's a sysctl to do that, but I can't
> recall it exactly.  A search through the archives or in the
> 4.6-Release Errata section (or on Google) should help.
> > Could it be my partition sizes?
> > 
> > / = 200M
> > swap = 512M
> > /var = 100M
> > /usr = 19Gig. Machine specs:
> No /tmp?  Or did you just put it in /usr/tmp?
> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

Dee, you'll want to turn off Outlook's normal HTML mail and just
send plain text to the list.

You don't have to specify a /tmp mount point.  Stuff will get put
into /var/tmp and /usr/tmp on its own - you don't have to create

Your /var looks a little smallish to me.  I have one that's around
a gig, but I've got 40 gigs to play with.  Since you've got a nice
big /usr, perhaps try a /var that's about 500M.

There is a problem discussed in the errata with some ATAPI CD-ROMs
which typically results in the following error message:

acd0: READ_BIG command timeout - resetting
ata1: resetting devices .. done

Are you seeing this?  If so, Andrew gave you the link to the
recommended solution.  If not, then how long does the hang last? 
/usr/ports ain't small - it could just be taking a while.


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