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Date:      Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:22:02 -0800
From:      David Benfell <benfell@parts-unknown.org>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Want to reinstall, preserving existing configuration
Message-ID:  <20151210132202.Horde.L-UfLdFlWeCANimy0-JWSdg@mail.parts-unknown.org>

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Hi all,

This is about my old notebook. It has 3GB of memory, which is pretty=20=20
marginal=20for ZFS. Adding more memory is not an option (I wish it were,=20=
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but=20ASUS solders the memory onto the board with these systems).

At the time, the only way I could find to install FreeBSD on it was=20=20
with=20PC-BSD, which I think insists on using ZFS. I've since cleaned=20=20
off=20most of the PC-BSD cruft and, really, there's nothing terribly=20=20
wrong=20with the system. In fact, it's the success story that makes=20=20
FreeBSD=20my preferred operating system.

But there are a couple problems which are inclining me to reinstall.=20=20
First,=20the system is slow and I think ZFS isn't helping me. Second, I=20=
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can't=20for the life of me figure out how to get through a portion of=20=20
the=20make world step where the newly rebuilt base system is supposed to=20=
=20
be=20installed in single-user mode--I've been having to boot all the way=20=
=20
and=20do that installation on a fully live system (yes, that's worked).=20=
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ZFS=20isn't helping me here either (I don't have this problem on UFS=20=20
systems).

Because=20there's nothing else terribly wrong, I'd basically like to=20=20
preserve=20the existing configuration. That includes ports and the build=20=
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options.=20Has anyone come up with a neat procedure for doing this?

Thanks!
--=20
David=20Benfell <benfell@parts-unknown.org>

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