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Ammad 03-15-2007 06:42 AM

bsd installation
i installed free bsd 6.2. i am new to this. after creating slice and slecting all packages (All group). it doesn't prompts me for 2nd disk. after the reboot. it give me prompt for login.

whats the issue.

2nd how do i enter in gui.


vermaden 03-15-2007 07:14 AM

read handbook, everything You need is covered there:

nycace36 03-18-2007 03:05 AM

read handbook, everything You need is covered there....
No, actually it isn't!:mad:
I have the handbook link opened ( even as I write this, to Chapter 12 'The FreeBSD Booting Process'.

Special focus on sections 12.2 of the bsd handbook onwards.
What if one is installing both Windows 9x, Linux and FreeBSD on one hdd?
What is the preferred OS install order?? 1st DOS, 2nd Linux (using LILO as handbook suggests, or else GRUB as LQ suggests?) then 3rd FreeBSD ??
How about pre-partitioning the hdd in advance of installing these OS's??

Would this partitioning scheme work for a 20GB (=20000MB) hdd:
16-20MB hda1 ext2 for Linux /boot
1020MB hda2 fat16 for DOS+Win9x
4000MB hda3 UFS/FreeBSD containing both FreeBSD system and swap slices
14GB hda4 Ext'd
4000MB hda5 fat32 for Win9x data
500MB hda6 type82 Linux swap
8000MB hda7 type83 Linux /
1000MB hda8 type83 Linux /home

How would this work for both Win9x/Win2K, Linux, then FreeBSD ??:confused:
TY for links other than for this :)

Thulemanden 03-18-2007 06:51 AM


Your partitions adds up to 23GB, 3 more than your HD.

I wouldn't spend more than 4 GB on the sysdisk for Linux (/) but add it to the Linux /home

However why not settle for a single shared data partion between Linux and BSD. I am not sure Linux can read BSD file format ufs fss,(My BSD doesn't see my Linux but sees my XP - 3 different PC's) so you might want to make /home Ext3.

I would install


Apart from games, what do you want to install Win98 for?
Won't it just make your PC a spam/virus bot?

Want to select PC-BSD over FreeBSD alone? It adds KDE and auto update of the OS.

nycace36 03-18-2007 11:12 PM

Thanks for some input on this! :)
Actually, the Linux swap partition is written as 500MB vs 5000MB (tenfold less than what you may have thought you measured), so that the sum total of logical partitions in this case come out to 13500MB (a.k.a. 13.5 GB).
The reasoning behind a 500MB swapfile is that this is approximately twice the amount of installed physical RAM of 256 MB.

The 14000MB extended + 5040MB primary-partitions would yield a 195040MB sum total (a.k.a. ~19.5 GB) for all partitions within this 20 G hdd.
In this 5040 MB primary partitioning scheme, the reasoning for this space division is supposed to be based upon that difficult-to-reconcile use of the Master Boot Record (MBR). The FAT16 DOS and Windows9x OS's are perfectly flexible about installing to a second primary partition within a hdd's MBR. The NTFS WindowsNT and Windows2K OS's have been known to be much less flexible upon my own multiboot systems and have required me to use the FAT16 FDISK when these NTFS OS's muck up (reformatting to get rid of NTLDR too!) Suggestions for Linux multiboot systems almost always include making a small 1st partition (15-20MB) in the MBR itself to handle a /<root> partition past cylinder 1024. This small /boot partition in the MBR contains LILO or GRUB and is supposed to manage fat16 OS's, Linux, and ideally FreeBSD. Chapter 12 of the FreeBSD handbook is still unclear on this handling of the MBR for multi-boot systems that include FreeBSD.

It seems that every OS boot manager wants to handle for itself the MBR -- to the possible detriment of other installed OS's (examples of this grabbiness are NTLDR, LILO, boot0, maybe GRUB??)
See also the Figure 2-14. Sysinstall Boot Manager Menu in the handbook's Choosing What to Install section.
If LILO turns out to actually be the best option to run either NTLDR, the compressed Linux kernel or the separate load stages of FreeBSD, then would the correct install order actually be more
WinNT/Win2K/WinXP (if absolutely essential)
Linux w/ LILO)

Also, would it really be better (or even possible) to partition and install FreeBSD subslices using Sysinstall w/in the third 4000MB primary partition of the hdd as shown above, or else create a FreeBSD slice and subslice this at the very end of the hdd ???

FYI, would much rather prefer starting out with the more lightweight XFce as per handbook section 5.7.4, than with GNOME or KDE.

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