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Date:      Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:12:32 -0400
From:      Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>
To:        Desmond Coughlan <coughlandesmond@yahoo.fr>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: problem installing on i386
Message-ID:  <20060926151232.GB82870@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
In-Reply-To: <20060926090905.58283.qmail@web27204.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>
References:  <20060926090905.58283.qmail@web27204.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>

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On Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 11:09:05AM +0200, Desmond Coughlan wrote:

> Hi,
>   I'm trying to install 6.1-RELEASE onto a Pentium-3.
>    
>   I had a lot of trouble creating the diskettes, but after changing the floppy drive, no problem.  Now, when I do the install, I have two hard drives, and configure them as follows...
>    
>   disk0
>   150M / 
>   512M /etc
>   512M /etc
>   512M /var
>   1024M /bin
>   4096M /usr
>   1024M swap
>    
>   disk1
>   4096M /forums
>   4096M /mail
>   4096M /sql
>   1024M swap
>    
>   I go through the installation, via ftp, and then set the root password.  Oh, and the 'FreeBSD boot manager' is the option I choose, when configuring the disks.
>    
>   When I reboot, this is what I see ... 

Oh, I just noticed you did that with /bin too.
That must be left as part of root as well.   It contains binaries
that the system may/will need to use during the boot process or
when the system is in single user mode and only root is mounted.

So, also leave /bin in root.   

Also, /bin doesn't need to be nearly that big.   Mine uses up only 900 KB 
of space - that is Kilo bytes, not even megabytes.   

No other installs put things in /bin.  It is reserved for those essential 
binaries for minimal service while bringing up or fixing a problem with 
a system.  /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin and /usr/local/bin and /usr/local/sbin
are where other things get installed.
  See 'man hier' for a more complete description on how the directory
  structure is laid out and used in FreeBSD.

So, don't reserve space for /bin.  Give that extra GByte to 
either /var or /usr. 

////jerry

>   Manual root filesystem specification 
>   <fstype>:<device> Mount <device> using filesystem <fstype> eg 
> ufs:da0s1a 
>   ?                           List valid disk boot devices 
>   <empty line> Abort manual imput 
> 
>   ... and that's it.
>    
>   Nothing else.  The machine just sits there.  
>    
>   Is there something I've missed ?  We've tried the same install on three different machines, using three different motherboards, and four different hard drives.  Something is wrong, either with the installation media, or else with our method of going about it.  Oh, and I tried installing 5.5 on the same machines, with the same result.
>    
>   FreeBSD rocks; I've used it for a long time on many different machines, and this is the first time that this has happened.
>    
>   Could someone suggest a solution?  The people with whom I'm installing this, are starting to whisper the word 'Linux', and it's giving me nightmares....   :(
>    
>   Thanks.
>   
> D.C
>    
> 
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