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<chapt><heading>Installing FreeBSD<label id="install"></heading>
<p>So, you would like to try out FreeBSD on your system?
This section is a quick-start guide for what you need to
do. FreeBSD can be installed from a variety of media
including CD-ROM, floppy disk, magnetic tape, an MS-DOS
partition and, if you have a network connection, via
anonymous ftp or NFS.
Regardless of the installation media you choose, you can
get started by creating the <bf>installation disk</bf>
as described below. Booting your computer into the FreeBSD installer,
even if you aren't planning on installing FreeBSD right away, will
provide important information about compatibility between
FreeBSD and your hardware which may, in turn, dictate which
installation options are even possible. It can also provide
early clues to any compatibility problems which could prevent
FreeBSD running on your system at all. If you plan on
installing via anonymous FTP then this installation disk
is all you need to download (the installation will handle any
further required downloading itself).
For more information on obtaining the latest FreeBSD distributions,
please see <ref id="mirrors" name="Obtaining FreeBSD"> in the Appendix.
So, to get the show on the road, follow these steps:
<item><P>Review the <ref id="install:hw" name="supported
configurations"> section of this installation guide to
be sure that your hardware is supported by FreeBSD. It
may be helpful to make a list of any special cards you
have installed, such as SCSI controllers, Ethernet
adapters or sound cards. This list should include
relevant configuration parameters such as interrupts
(IRQ) and IO port addresses.</P></item>
<item><P>If you're installing FreeBSD from CDROM media then you have
several different installation options:
<item><p>If the CD has been mastered with El Torrito boot support and
your system supports direct booting from CDROM (and many older systems
do <em>not</em>), simply insert the CD into the drive and boot
directly from it.</p></item>
<item><p>If you're running DOS and have the proper drivers to access
your CD, run the install.bat script provided on the CD. This will
attempt to boot into the FreeBSD installation straight from DOS
(<em>note: You must do this from actual DOS and not a Windows DOS box
</em>). If you also want to install FreeBSD from your DOS partition
(perhaps because your CDROM drive is completely unsupported by
FreeBSD) then run the setup program first to copy the
appropriate files from the CD to your DOS partition, afterwards
<item><p>If either of the two proceeding methods work then you can
simply skip the rest of this section, otherwise your final option
is to create a boot floppy from the <tt>floppies\boot.flp</tt>
image - proceed to step 4 for instructions on how to do
<item><p>If you don't have a CDROM distribution then simply download the <url
name="installation boot disk image"> file to your hard
drive, being sure to tell your browser to
<em>save</em> rather than <em>display</em> the file.
<bf>Note:</bf> This disk image can only be used with
1.44 megabyte 3.5 inch floppy disks.</p></item>
<item><p>Make the installation boot disk from the image file:
<item><p>If you are using MS-DOS then download
name="fdimage.exe"> or get it from <tt>tools\fdimage.exe</tt>
on the CDROM and then run it like so:
E:\> tools\fdimage floppies\boot.flp a:
</verb></tscreen> The <em>fdimage</em>
program will format the A: drive and then copy the
boot.flp image onto it (assuming that you're at the top
level of a FreeBSD distribution and the floppy images
live in the floppies subdirectory, as is typically the case).
<item><p>If you are using a UNIX system to create the floppy image:
% dd if=boot.flp of=<em>disk_device</em>
where <em>disk_device</em> is the <tt>/dev</tt>
entry for the floppy drive. On FreeBSD systems, this
is <tt>/dev/rfd0</tt> for the A: drive and
<tt>/dev/rfd1</tt> for the B: drive.</p></item>
<item><p>With the installation disk in the A: drive, reboot your
computer. You should get a boot prompt something like this:
>> FreeBSD BOOT ...<newline>
Use 1:sd(0,a)kernel to boot sd0 if it is BIOS drive 1<newline>
Use ? for file list or press Enter for defaults<newline>
If you do <em>not</em> type anything, FreeBSD will automatically boot
with its default configuration after a delay of about
five seconds. As FreeBSD boots, it probes your computer
to determine what hardware is installed. The results of
this probing is displayed on the screen.</p></item>
<item><p>When the booting process is finished, The main FreeBSD
installation menu will be displayed.</p></item>
<p><bf>If something goes wrong...</bf>
<p>Due to limitations of the PC architecture, it is
impossible for probing to be 100 percent reliable. In the event
that your hardware is incorrectly identified, or that the
probing causes your computer to lock up, first check the
<ref id="install:hw" name="supported
configurations"> section of this installation guide to be
sure that your hardware is indeed supported by FreeBSD.
<p>If your hardware is supported, reset the computer and when
the <tt>Boot:</tt> prompt comes up, type <bf>-c</bf>. This puts
FreeBSD into a configuration mode where you can supply
hints about your hardware. The FreeBSD kernel on the
installation disk is configured assuming that most hardware
devices are in their factory default configuration in terms
of IRQs, IO addresses and DMA channels. If your hardware
has been reconfigured, you will most likely need to use the
<bf>-c</bf> option at boot to tell FreeBSD where things are.
<p>It is also possible that a probe for a device not present
will cause a later probe for another device that is present
to fail. In that case, the probes for the conflicting
driver(s) should be disabled.
<p>In the configuration mode, you can:
<item>List the device drivers installed in the kernel.</item>
<item>Disable device drivers for hardware not present in your
<item>Change the IRQ, DRQ, and IO port addresses used by a
<p>While at the <tt>config></tt> prompt, type
<tt>help</tt> for more information on the available
commands. After adjusting the kernel to match how you have
your hardware configured, type <tt>quit</tt> at the
<tt>config></tt> prompt to continue booting with the new
After FreeBSD has been installed, changes made in the
configuration mode will be permanent so you do not have
to reconfigure every time you boot. Even so, it is likely
that you will want to build a custom kernel to optimize the
performance of your system. See <ref id="kernelconfig"
name="Kernel configuration"> for more information on
creating custom kernels.
<sect><heading>Supported Configurations<label id="install:hw"></heading>
<p>FreeBSD currently runs on a wide variety of ISA, VLB,
EISA and PCI bus based PC's, ranging from 386sx to
Pentium class machines (though the 386sx is not
recommended). Support for generic IDE or ESDI drive
configurations, various SCSI controller, network and
serial cards is also provided.
A minimum of four megabytes of RAM is required to run FreeBSD.
To run the X Window System, eight megabytes of RAM is the
Following is a list of all disk controllers and Ethernet
cards currently known to work with FreeBSD. Other
configurations may very well work, and we have simply not
received any indication of this.
<item>WD1003 (any generic MFM/RLL)
<item>WD1007 (any generic IDE/ESDI)
<item>Adaptec 1505 ISA SCSI controller
<item>Adaptec 152x series ISA SCSI controllers
<item>Adaptec 1535 ISA SCSI controllers
<item>Adaptec 154x series ISA SCSI controllers
<item>Adaptec 174x series EISA SCSI controller in
standard and enhanced mode.
series EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI controllers
<item>Adaptec AIC7850 on-board SCSI controllers
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AIC-6360 based boards,
which includes the AHA-152x and SoundBlaster SCSI
<bf>Note:</bf> You cannot boot from the
SoundBlaster cards as they have no on-board BIOS,
which is necessary for mapping the boot device into
the system BIOS I/O vectors. They are perfectly
usable for external tapes, CDROMs, etc, however.
The same goes for any other AIC-6x60 based card
without a boot ROM. Some systems DO have a boot
ROM, which is generally indicated by some sort of
message when the system is first powered up or
reset. Check your system/board documentation for
<item>Buslogic 545S & 545c
<bf>Note:</bf> that Buslogic was formerly known as "Bustek".
<item>Buslogic 445S/445c VLB SCSI controller
<item>Buslogic 742A/747S/747c EISA SCSI controller.
<item>Buslogic 946c PCI SCSI controller
<item>Buslogic 956c PCI SCSI controller
<item>NCR 53C810/53C815/53C825/53C860/53C875 PCI SCSI controller.
<item>NCR5380/NCR53400 (``ProAudio Spectrum'') SCSI controller.
<item>DTC 3290 EISA SCSI controller in 1542 emulation mode.
<item>UltraStor 14F/24F/34F SCSI controllers.
<item>Seagate ST01/02 SCSI controllers.
<item>Future Domain 8xx/950 series SCSI controllers.
<item>WD7000 SCSI controllers.
With all supported SCSI controllers, full support is
provided for SCSI-I & SCSI-II peripherals,
including Disks, tape drives (including DAT) and CD ROM
The following CD-ROM type systems are supported at this
<item>SoundBlaster SCSI and ProAudio Spectrum SCSI (<tt>cd</tt>)
<item>Mitsumi (all models) proprietary interface (<tt>mcd</tt>)
CR-562/CR-563 proprietary interface (<tt>matcd</tt>)
<item>Sony proprietary interface (<tt>scd</tt>)
<item>ATAPI IDE interface
(experimental and should be considered ALPHA quality!)
<item>Allied-Telesis AT1700 and RE2000 cards
<item>SMC Elite 16 WD8013 Ethernet interface, and
most other WD8003E, WD8003EBT, WD8003W, WD8013W,
WD8003S, WD8003SBT and WD8013EBT based clones. SMC
Elite Ultra is also supported.
<item>DEC EtherWORKS III NICs (DE203, DE204, and DE205)
<item>DEC EtherWORKS II NICs (DE200, DE201, DE202, and DE422)
<item>DEC DC21040/DC21041/DC21140 based NICs:
<item>JCIS Condor JC1260
<item>SMC EtherPower 10/100 (Model 9332)
<item>SMC EtherPower (Model 8432)
<item>SMC EtherPower (2)
<item>DEC FDDI (DEFPA/DEFEA) NICs
<item>Fujitsu FMV-181 and FMV-182
<item>Intel EtherExpress Pro/100B 100Mbit.
<item>Isolan AT 4141-0 (16 bit)
<item>Isolink 4110 (8 bit)
<item>Novell NE1000, NE2000, and NE2100 ethernet interface.
<item>3Com 3C501 cards
<item>3Com 3C503 Etherlink II
<item>3Com 3c505 Etherlink/+
<item>3Com 3C507 Etherlink 16/TP
<item>3Com 3C509, 3C579, 3C589 (PCMCIA) Etherlink III
<item>3Com 3C590, 3C595 Etherlink III
<item>HP PC Lan Plus (27247B and 27252A)
<item>Toshiba ethernet cards
<item>PCMCIA ethernet cards from IBM and National
Semiconductor are also supported.
<p><em>Note:</em> FreeBSD does not currently support
PnP (plug-n-play) features present on some ethernet
cards. If your card has PnP and is giving you problems,
try disabling its PnP features.
<item>AST 4 port serial card using shared IRQ.
<item>ARNET 8 port serial card using shared IRQ.
<item>BOCA IOAT66 6 port serial card using shared IRQ.
<item>BOCA 2016 16 port serial card using shared IRQ.
<item>Cyclades Cyclom-y Serial Board.
<item>STB 4 port card using shared IRQ.
<item>SDL Communications Riscom/8 Serial Board.
<item>SDL Communications RISCom/N2 and N2pci sync serial cards.
<item>Digiboard Sync/570i high-speed sync serial card.
<item>Decision-Computer Intl. "Eight-Serial" 8 port serial cards
using shared IRQ.
<item>Adlib, SoundBlaster, SoundBlaster Pro,
ProAudioSpectrum, Gravis UltraSound, Gravis UltraSound MAX
and Roland MPU-401 sound cards.
<item>Matrox Meteor video frame grabber.
<item>Creative Labs Video spigot frame grabber.
<item>Omnimedia Talisman frame grabber.
<item>X-10 power controllers.
<item>PC joystick and speaker.
FreeBSD does not currently support IBM's microchannel (MCA) bus.
<sect><heading>Preparing for the Installation</heading>
<p>There are a number of different methods by which FreeBSD
can be installed. The following describes what
preparation needs to be done for each type.
<sect1><heading>Before installing from CDROM</heading>
<p>If your CDROM is of an unsupported type, then please
skip to <ref id="install:msdos" name="MS-DOS Preparation">.
There is not a lot of preparatory work that needs to be done to
successfully install from one of Walnut Creek's FreeBSD CDROMs (other
CDROM distributions may work as well, though we cannot say for certain
as we have no hand or say in how they are created). You can either
boot into the CD installation directly from DOS using Walnut Creek's
supplied ``install.bat'' batch file or you can make a boot floppy with
the ``makeflp.bat'' command. [NOTE: If you are running
FreeBSD 2.1-RELEASE and have an IDE CDROM, use the
inst_ide.bat or atapiflp.bat batch files instead].
For the easiest interface of all (from DOS), type
``view''. This will bring up a DOS menu utility that
leads you through all the available options.
If you are creating the boot floppy from a UNIX machine,
see <ref id="install" name="the beginning of this
guide"> for examples. of how to create the boot floppy.
Once you have booted from DOS or floppy, you should then
be able to select CDROM as the media type in the Media
menu and load the entire distribution from CDROM. No
other types of installation media should be required.
After your system is fully installed and you have rebooted
from the hard disk, you can mount the CDROM at any time by
typing: <tt>mount /cdrom</tt>
Before removing the CD again, also note that it is necessary to first
type: <tt>umount /cdrom</tt>. Do not just remove it from the drive!
<quote><bf>Special note:</bf> Before invoking the
installation, be sure that the CDROM is in the drive
so that the install probe can find it. This is also
true if you wish the CDROM to be added to the default
system configuration automatically during the install
(whether or not you actually use it as the
Finally, if you would like people to be able to FTP
install FreeBSD directly from the CDROM in your
machine, you will find it quite easy. After the machine
is fully installed, you simply need to add the
following line to the password file (using the vipw
Anyone with network connectivity to your machine (and permission
to log into it) can now chose a Media type of FTP and type
in: <tt>ftp://<em>your machine</em></tt> after picking ``Other''
in the ftp sites menu.
<sect1><heading>Before installing from Floppy</heading>
<p>If you must install from floppy disks, either due to
unsupported hardware or simply because you enjoy doing
things the hard way, you must first prepare some
floppies for the install.
You will need, at minimum, as many 1.44MB or 1.2MB floppies as
it takes to hold all files in the bin (binary distribution)
directory. If you are preparing these floppies under DOS, then
THESE floppies *must* be formatted using the MS-DOS FORMAT
command. If you are using Windows, use the Windows File
Manager format command.
Do <em>not</em> trust Factory Preformatted floppies! Format
them again yourself, just to make sure. Many problems
reported by our users in the past have resulted from the use
of improperly formatted media, which is why I am taking such
special care to mention it here!
If you are creating the floppies from another FreeBSD machine,
a format is still not a bad idea though you do nott need to put
a DOS filesystem on each floppy. You can use the `disklabel'
and `newfs' commands to put a UFS filesystem on them instead,
as the following sequence of commands (for a 3.5" 1.44MB floppy
fdformat -f 1440 fd0.1440
disklabel -w -r fd0.1440 floppy3
newfs -t 2 -u 18 -l 1 -i 65536 /dev/rfd0
(Use "fd0.1200" and "floppy5" for 5.25" 1.2MB disks).
Then you can mount and write to them like any other file
After you have formatted the floppies, you will need to copy
the files onto them. The distribution files are split into
chunks conveniently sized so that 5 of them will fit on a
conventional 1.44MB floppy. Go through all your floppies,
packing as many files as will fit on each one, until you have
got all the distributions you want packed up in this fashion.
Each distribution should go into a subdirectory on the
floppy, e.g.: <bf>a:\bin\bin.aa</bf>,
<bf>a:\bin\bin.ab</bf>, and so on.
Once you come to the Media screen of the install,
select ``Floppy'' and you will be prompted for the rest.
<sect1><heading>Before installing from a MS-DOS partition<label id="install:msdos"></heading>
<p>To prepare for installation from an MS-DOS partition,
copy the files from the distribution into a directory
called <tt>C:\FREEBSD</tt>. The directory tree structure
of the CDROM must be partially reproduced within this directory
so we suggest using the DOS <tt>xcopy</tt>
command. For example, to prepare for a minimal installation of
C> MD C:\FREEBSD
C> XCOPY /S E:\BIN C:\FREEBSD\BIN\
C> XCOPY /S E:\MANPAGES C:\FREEBSD\MANPAGES\
assuming that <tt>C:</tt> is where you have free space
and <tt>E:</tt> is where your CDROM is mounted.
For as many `DISTS' you wish to install from MS-DOS
(and you have free space for), install each one under
<tt>C:\FREEBSD</tt> - the <tt>BIN</tt> dist is only the
<sect1><heading>Before installing from QIC/SCSI Tape</heading>
<p>Installing from tape is probably the easiest method,
short of an on-line install using FTP or a CDROM
install. The installation program expects the files to
be simply tar'ed onto the tape, so after getting all of
the files for distribution you are interested in, simply
tar them onto the tape with a command like:
tar cvf /dev/rwt0 (or /dev/rst0) dist1 .. dist2
When you go to do the installation, you should also
make sure that you leave enough room in some temporary
directory (which you will be allowed to choose) to
accommodate the <bf>full</bf> contents of the tape you have
created. Due to the non-random access nature of tapes,
this method of installation requires quite a bit of
temporary storage. You should expect to require as
much temporary storage as you have stuff written on
<quote><bf>Note:</bf> When going to do the
installation, the tape must be in the drive
<em>before</em> booting from the boot floppy. The
installation probe may otherwise fail to find it.</quote>
<sect1><heading>Before installing over a network</heading>
<p>You can do network installations over 3 types of
<tag>Serial port</tag> SLIP or PPP
<tag>Parallel port</tag> PLIP (laplink cable)
standard ethernet controller (includes some PCMCIA).
SLIP support is rather primitive, and limited primarily
to hard-wired links, such as a serial cable running
between a laptop computer and another computer. The
link should be hard-wired as the SLIP installation
does not currently offer a dialing capability; that
facility is provided with the PPP utility, which should
be used in preference to SLIP whenever possible.
If you are using a modem, then PPP is almost certainly
your only choice. Make sure that you have your service
provider's information handy as you will need to know it
fairly soon in the installation process. You will need
to know, at the minimum, your service provider's IP
address and possibly your own (though you can also
leave it blank and allow PPP to negotiate it with your
ISP). You also need to know how to use the various ``AT
commands'' to dial the ISP with your particular modem as
the PPP dialer provides only a very simple terminal
If a hard-wired connection to another FreeBSD (2.0R or
later) machine is available, you might also consider
installing over a ``laplink'' parallel port cable. The
data rate over the parallel port is much higher than
what is typically possible over a serial line (up to
50k/sec), thus resulting in a quicker installation.
Finally, for the fastest possible network installation,
an ethernet adaptor is always a good choice! FreeBSD
supports most common PC ethernet cards, a table of
supported cards (and their required settings) is
provided in <ref id="install:hw" name="Supported
Hardware">. If you are using one of the supported
PCMCIA ethernet cards, also be sure that it is plugged
in <em>before</em> the laptop is powered on! FreeBSD
does not, unfortunately, currently support hot
insertion of PCMCIA cards during installation.
You will also need to know your IP address on the
network, the netmask value for your address class,
and the name of your machine. Your system
administrator can tell you which values to use for your
particular network setup. If you will be referring to
other hosts by name rather than IP address, you will also
need a name server and possibly the address of a
gateway (if you are using PPP, it is your provider's IP
address) to use in talking to it. If you do not know
the answers to all or most of these questions, then you
should really probably talk to your system
administrator <em>first</em> before trying this type of
Once you have a network link of some sort working, the
installation can continue over NFS or FTP.
<sect2><heading>Preparing for NFS installation</heading>
<p>NFS installation is fairly straight-forward: Simply
copy the FreeBSD distribution files you want onto a
server somewhere and then point the NFS media
selection at it.
If this server supports only ``privileged port'' access
(as is generally the default for Sun workstations),
you will need to set this option in the Options menu
before installation can proceed.
If you have a poor quality ethernet card which
suffers from very slow transfer rates, you may also
wish to toggle the appropriate Options flag.
In order for NFS installation to work, the server
must support subdir mounts, e.g., if your FreeBSD
&rel.current; distribution directory lives on:
<bf>ziggy:/usr/archive/stuff/FreeBSD</bf> Then ziggy will have
to allow the direct mounting of
<bf>/usr/archive/stuff/FreeBSD</bf>, not just <bf>/usr</bf> or
In FreeBSD's <bf>/etc/exports</bf> file, this is controlled by
the ``<tt>-alldirs</tt>'' option. Other NFS servers may have
different conventions. If you are getting
`Permission Denied' messages from the server then
it is likely that you do not have this enabled
<sect2><heading>Preparing for FTP Installation</heading>
<p>FTP installation may be done from any mirror site
containing a reasonably up-to-date version of FreeBSD
&rel.current;. A full menu of reasonable choices from almost
anywhere in the world is provided by the FTP site
If you are installing from some other FTP site not
listed in this menu, or you are having troubles
getting your name server configured properly, you can
also specify your own URL by selecting the ``Other''
choice in that menu. A URL can also be a direct IP
address, so the following would work in the absence
of a name server:
There are two FTP installation modes you can use:
For all FTP transfers, use ``Active'' mode. This
will not work through firewalls, but will often
work with older ftp servers that do not support
passive mode. If your connection hangs with
passive mode (the default), try active!
For all FTP transfers, use ``Passive'' mode. This
allows the user to pass through firewalls that do
not allow incoming connections on random port
<quote><bf>Note:</bf> Active and passive modes are
not the same as a `proxy' connection, where a proxy
FTP server is listening and forwarding FTP requests!</quote>
For a proxy FTP server, you should usually give name of
the server you really want as a part of the username,
after an @-sign. The proxy server then 'fakes' the real
server. An example: Say you want to install from
ftp.freebsd.org, using the proxy FTP server foo.bar.com,
listening on port 1234.
In this case, you go to the options menu, set the FTP
username to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the password to your
e-mail address. As your installation media, you specify
FTP (or passive FTP, if the proxy support it), and the URL
/pub/FreeBSD from ftp.freebsd.org is proxied under
foo.bar.com, allowing you to install from _that_ machine
(which fetch the files from ftp.freebsd.org as your
installation requests them).
<p>Once you have taken note of the appropriate
preinstallation steps, you should be able to install
FreeBSD without any further trouble.
Should this not be true, then you may wish to go back and
re-read the relevant preparation section above
for the installation media type you are trying to use,
perhaps there is a helpful hint there that you missed the
first time? If you are having hardware trouble, or
FreeBSD refuses to boot at all, read the Hardware Guide
provided on the boot floppy for a list of possible
The FreeBSD boot floppy contains all the on-line
documentation you should need to be able to navigate
through an installation and if it does not then we would
like to know what you found most confusing. Send your
comments to the &a.doc;.
It is the objective of the
FreeBSD installation program (sysinstall) to be
self-documenting enough that painful ``step-by-step''
guides are no longer necessary. It may take us a little
while to reach that objective, but that is the objective!
Meanwhile, you may also find the following ``typical
installation sequence'' to be helpful:
<item>Boot the boot floppy. After a boot sequence
which can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 3
minutes, depending on your hardware, you should be
presented with a menu of initial choices. If the
floppy does not boot at all, or the boot hangs at some
stage, go read the Q&A section of the Hardware Guide
for possible causes.
<item>Press F1. You should see some basic usage
instructions on the menu system and general
navigation. If you have not used this menu system
before then PLEASE read this thoroughly!
<item>Select the Options item and set any special
preferences you may have.
<item>Select a Novice, Custom or Express install, depending on
whether or not you would like the installation to help
you through a typical installation, give you a high degree of
control over each step of the installation or simply whizz
through it (using reasonable defaults when possible) as fast
as possible. If you have never used FreeBSD before then the
Novice installation method is most recommended.
<item>The final configuration menu choice allows you to
further configure your FreeBSD installation by giving you
menu-driven access to various system defaults. Some
items, like networking, may be especially important
if you did a CDROM/Tape/Floppy installation and have
not yet configured your network interfaces (assuming
you have any). Properly configuring such interfaces
here will allow FreeBSD to come up on the network
when you first reboot from the hard disk.
<sect><heading>MS-DOS User's Questions and Answers</heading>
<p>Many FreeBSD users wish to install FreeBSD on PCs inhabited
by MS-DOS. Here are some commonly asked questions about
installing FreeBSD on such systems.
<p><bf>Help! I have no space! Do I need to delete
If your machine is already running MS-DOS and has little
or no free space available for FreeBSD's installation,
all is not lost! You may find the FIPS utility, provided
in the <tt>tools</tt> directory on the FreeBSD CDROM or
on the various FreeBSD ftp sites, to be quite useful.
FIPS allows you to split an existing MS-DOS partition
into two pieces, preserving the original partition and
allowing you to install onto the second free piece. You
first defragment your MS-DOS partition, using the DOS
6.xx DEFRAG utility or the Norton Disk tools, then run
FIPS. It will prompt you for the rest of the information
it needs. Afterwards, you can reboot and install FreeBSD
on the new free slice. See the <em>Distributions</em>
menu for an estimation of how much free space you will need
for the kind of installation you want.
<bf>Can I use compressed MS-DOS filesystems from
No. If you are using a utility such as Stacker(tm) or
DoubleSpace(tm), FreeBSD will only be able to use
whatever portion of the filesystem you leave
uncompressed. The rest of the filesystem will show up as
one large file (the stacked/dblspaced file!). <bf>Do not
remove that file!</bf> You will probably regret it
It is probably better to create another uncompressed
MS-DOS primary partition and use this for communications
between MS-DOS and FreeBSD.
<bf>Can I mount my MS-DOS extended partitions?</bf>
Yes. DOS extended partitions are mapped in at the end of the other
``slices'' in FreeBSD, e.g. your D: drive might be /dev/sd0s5,
your E: drive /dev/sd0s6, and so on. This example assumes, of
course, that your extended partition is on SCSI drive 0. For IDE drives,
substitute ``wd'' for ``sd'' appropriately. You otherwise mount extended
partitions exactly like you would mount any other DOS drive, e.g.:
mount -t msdos /dev/sd0s5 /dos_d
<bf>Can I run MS-DOS binaries under FreeBSD?</bf>
BSDI has donated their DOS emulator to the BSD world and
this has been ported to FreeBSD.
There is also a (technically) nice application available in the
<ref id="ports" name="The Ports Collection"> called pcemu
which allows you to run many basic MS-DOS text-mode binaries
by entirely emulating an 8088 CPU.