8. Preparing Distribution Sets.
Introduction to FreeBSD

This section explains how to prepare a custom media to install FreeBSD from. These medias include:

  • Floppy Disks

  • MSDOS partitions

  • NFS servers

  • Local FTP Sites

  • Existing FreeBSD Partitions

Note:

If you are not using one of these medias, please SKIP this section. (These are not the easiest or the recommended methods of installation. But they work.)

Each installation media looks for its files in a different directory. Inorder for the install program to find the installation files, you have to copy them into the correct directory.

For example, you want to install the Minimal Distribution Set from floppies. The Minimal Distribution Set requires the /bin distribution, ie. the /bin directory, be copied onto the floppies. The /bin directory can be found on the CD-ROM or from the FreeBSD FTP site, in the directory /pub/FreeBSD/2.2.6-RELEASE/. The bin directory and all its contents need to be copied onto MS-DOS formatted floppy disks. You will be able to fit about 6 files per disk. The files are named bin.aa, bin.ab, etc.

Important:

You will need to copy the file bin.inf onto the first disk.

When you get them on to the floppy disk you should be able to put it in a DOS machine and type dir

When all the files have been copied onto the floppy disks, you will have a set of FreeBSD installation floppy disks. Use them when prompted for during the installation.

To install from a DOS partition, you must first copy all of the required directories to C:\FreeBSD\.

To install from an Custom FTP site, copy all of the files into a publically accessable directory followed by FreeBSD/2.2.6-RELEASE/.

An NFS install utilizes a Network Shared Filesystem. This the method of filesystem shareing used by UNIX over a network. A directory will need to be exported on the distribution site. Copy all the required directories onto FreeBSD/2.2.6-RELEASE/ on that exported filesystem.

Listed below are the standard Distribution Sets that you can install and the directories that you will have to copy on to the media you are installing from.

Developer

  • /bin

  • /doc

  • /manpages

  • /info

  • /proflibs

  • /src

  • /dict

X-Developer

  • /bin

  • /doc

  • /manpages

  • /info

  • /proflibs

  • /src

  • /dict

  • /XF8633

Kern-Developer

  • /bin

  • /doc

  • /manpages

  • /info

  • /proflibs

  • /src/sys

  • /dict

User

  • /bin

  • /doc

  • /manpages

  • /dict

X-User

  • /bin

  • /doc

  • /manpages

  • /dict

  • /XF8633

Minimal

  • /bin

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