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Re: using d-i to install kfreebsd-i386 from usb

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 10:32:10PM +0000, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> Luca Favatella dixit:
> >Is there a way to use d-i to install kfreebsd-i386 from usb?
> I don't see any technical reason why not. It probably depends
> on the bootloader used.
> MirBSD uses the manifold-boot method with MirBSD's loader.
> Grml uses the manifold-boot method with GNU GRUB 2.
> Others use ISOHYBRID with ISOLINUX.
> With these techniques, you can dd(1) an ISO 9660 filesystem
> image onto a USB stick and have it bootable immediately.

I'll probably test this solution (dd iso to usb) when possible.

> I'm pretty sure that the FreeBSD kernel is capable of handling
> such a situation. It's just an oversized floppy with a filesy-
> stem supported, although unusual, after all.
> Note that GNU GRUB-legacy isn't capable of handling it, for
> SYSLINUX you need a FAT16 filesystem (so you'd have to have
> separate images for ISO and USB stick, which doubles the need
> to produce, test and distribute), and other loaders also are
> or may be problematic.

This solution looks similar to that used for Linux in d-i manual

> I wouldn't know about the FreeBSD loa-
> der, but from what I read, GRUB2 is already up to booting a
> Debian GNU/kFreeBSD by itself.
> I'll gladly provide assistance if desired.
> bye,
> //mirabilos

Luca Favatella

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