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freebsd install
Posted by: adam
Date: February 21, 2007 05:41PM

Hey,

Trying to install freebsd but err I get to the fdisk page and then I have no clue on how to determine which partition is which on the screen :[[[

How do people normally work this out?

I've got on hard drive with 3 partitions I thought, except its showing five or something, three of which are a similiar size. It should be 60gig ish 55gig ish 5gig ish..

any ideas anyone? I guess I should probably post on a bsd forum but you guys are clever enough :]

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adam - http://www.eightfourseven2.co.uk

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Re: freebsd install
Posted by: id
Date: February 21, 2007 06:50PM

It is also showing unused space, and if you have linux on part, or anything else, it may have partitioned it further.

-id

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Re: freebsd install
Posted by: thrill
Date: February 21, 2007 07:12PM

that reply is almost as useless as "Your lucky number is 23"..

adam, to figure out which is which, try opening a new shell and type "disklabel <disk name>" (something like ad0s1), and it will print out something like this:

# /dev/ad0s1:
8 partitions:
# size offset fstype [fsize bsize bps/cpg]
a: 1048576 0 4.2BSD 2048 16384 8
b: 990880 1048576 swap
c: 156248127 0 unused 0 0 # "raw" part, don't edit
d: 2590720 2039456 4.2BSD 2048 16384 28552
e: 1048576 4630176 4.2BSD 2048 16384 8
f: 150569375 5678752 4.2BSD 2048 16384 28552

From there you should be able to figure out which partition is the one you want to use. BTW, the C partition is the actual physical drive, you cannot delete this partition. hope that helps a little more than the previous post.. ;)

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Re: freebsd install
Posted by: id
Date: February 21, 2007 07:15PM

Guessing he is in the install program and doesn't have a shell yet!

And disklable only shows what is inside of the FreeBSD partition, which is created with fdisk.

/your lucky number is 18
/but she can outrun you

-id

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Re: freebsd install
Posted by: thrill
Date: February 21, 2007 08:25PM

That's right.. FreeBSD does not allow you to ALT-F2 to another shell..

in that case, rm -rf /, and install OpenBSD...


--thrill

We're sorry, someone else got your lucky number.

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Re: freebsd install
Posted by: id
Date: February 21, 2007 08:58PM

it doesn't during the install, it's on vty 4

but it's very limited, and almost totally unnecessary!

-id

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