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Date:      Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:36:47 +0800
From:      Fbsd8 <fbsd8@a1poweruser.com>
To:        Damien Fleuriot <ml@my.gd>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Horrible installer
Message-ID:  <4F19279F.6060303@a1poweruser.com>
In-Reply-To: <4F180C83.9090100@my.gd>
References:  <BLU160-W54C133B8003EF140C41EF7AE860@phx.gbl> <4F180C83.9090100@my.gd>

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Damien Fleuriot wrote:
> 
> On 1/19/12 3:25 AM, Allan McKinnon wrote:
>> I finally got to install FreeBSD 9 onto my computer and noticed that the installer is now different.  It seems to me that it forces you into doing extra steps that I was comfortable doing on my own.  I really enjoyed the old installer because then I had complete control over how I tweaked my computer during and after the install.  I am surprised that there is no gui present while installing FreeBSD because it feels more like Ubuntu or a windows install (somewhat).  Please, please, please take this nightmare away and bring the beloved installer that was before FreeBSD 9.
>> Thank you for listening.
>> Allan 		 	   		  _______________________________________________
> 
> 
> Erm, you have to realize the new installer was discussed at length here,
> when 9.0 was still under development/beta/prerelease.
> 
> Then would have been the best time to voice your frustration over the
> new scheme.
> 
> 
> 
> Alternatively, you could do like me and install entirely by hand:
> 
> - boot an MFSBSD image (thanks mm@ )
> - partition your disks from there (see http://my.gd/bsd.htm for a rough
> sketch on how to use gpart)
> - fetch the 9.0 archives in .txz (tar.xz) format
> - unpack archives with xz -d
> - untar archived to the mountpoint with your new filesystems (eg: tar xf
> base.tar -C /mnt)
> - customize configuration files (rc.conf, fstab, root's password or SSH
> key, sshd_config to allow root login temporarily)
> 
> And then most of all, profit ;)
> 
> 
> 
> I've been doing installs this way first with 8.x (using the install
> scripts on the CDROM) then now with 9.x unpacking the .txz archives.
> 
> I'm quite happy with it, the process is simple enough to document and
> reproduce, and offers suitable customization options.
> 
> We've developed a tiny web interface here that lets us customize the
> size, type and label of our GPT partitions, hostname, IP address, root
> password and SSH accounts/keys to deploy on such newly installed machines.
> The interface spits the whole wall of commands to paste once logged in
> to the MFSBSD image to install the new OS and configure it.
> 
> Works like a charm really.
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so post your script so others can use it



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