[issue1292] dfly-2.2.0-REL: Installer Bug

Bill Hacker wbh at conducive.org
Thu Feb 19 22:28:08 PST 2009

M.K. (via DragonFly issue tracker) wrote:
M.K. <mk at freeweb.ozi.nu> added the comment:

OS: dfly-2.2.0-REL

Installer quits (at newfs) when you try to install using part of disk (i.e.
using partition no. 2, 3 or 4 for dfly).
Reason: missing device nodes for disk label letters.

Fix: manually add disk label device nodes before running installer.

# ./MAKEDEV ad0s2a
# ./MAKEDEV ad0s3a
# ./MAKEDEV ad0s4a
Note.1: Doing it just for "a" makes all the other letters as well.

Note.2: problem occurs for both hammer and ufs FS selection.

status: unread -> chatting
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Side note:

This has not been seen here if/as/when the target device has previously 
been sliced/labeled by a prior DFLY install, OR with FreeBSD's toolset, 
even if the target partition was not previously used by DFLY.

I have installed both/either of 2.3.0  // 2.2.0 to first and second 
slices where FreeBSD 7 or 8 or Vector Linux previously lived, and to 
where a slackware-based Linux once lived, and to a /dev/ar0 ATACONTROl 
RAID1 array previously created with FreeBSD 8-

That holds for both 100%-HAMMER, 100%-UFS, and mixed, UFS-system + 
HAMMER-add-on partitions.

Reboot between configuring the slice & partitions and completing the 
install, as other OS'en may need, was not required.

All were CLI-mode cd iso installs, none yet tried here with the dvd.

No MAKEDEV yet required, other than whatever is inbuilt to the 
installation process.

I suspect a label-reading issue, not a MAKEDEV fail per-se.

I shall now go off and format an external drive with the Mac for a test 
of extreme weirdness, label-wise, and see if I can reproduce the 
behaviour you report when converting it.


Bill Hacker

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