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Date:      Sat, 06 Jan 96 12:09:37 EST
From:      Margaret Tarbet <>
Subject:   update on 2.1 install problem
Message-ID:  <>

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Hello all...

Recently i wrote of the difficulty i had in installing 2.1
on my dev machine.  I thought y'all might like an update.

I still haven't actually looked to see what was broken
about my first attempt to install, but i fixed it in a
practical way:  i specifed the fbsd boot manager instead of
the vanilla boot block.  I forgot to de-install System
Commander and restore the dos boot block before doing the
fbsd install and when i realised my oversight, midway
through, i thought that i'd have some fixing up to do
later, as well as a kludgey boot process if indeed it worked
at all.  But, interestingly enough, that didn't prove to be
the case:  it did work, and not only did syscmdr adopt the
fbsd block without any extra intervention on my part, there's
no two-stage selection involved...fbsd boot manager doesn't
appear to be there at all!  So evidently my mental model of 
how syscmdr works needs to be adjusted at least, and i
need to report that install bug.

So, anyhow, if anyone else is planning to use a third-party
boot manager, try specifying the fbsd boot manager anyway
when you install fbsd.  Counter-intuitive, but it worked
for me.

Thanks to those who responded with suggestions, it was a
quite a surprise(!) to find out that questions@freebsd is an
alias for everyone@everywhere :-)


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