I'm using a VPS service. I installed FreeBSD 8.1, and now configuring. And today, I found really wired thing. This is my disklabel editor screen from sysinstall.

                         FreeBSD Disklabel Editor

Disk: ad0       Partition name: ad0s1   Free: 0 blocks (0MB)

Part      Mount          Size Newfs   Part      Mount          Size Newfs
----      -----          ---- -----   ----      -----          ---- -----
ad0s1a    <none>        512MB *
ad0s1b    swap          987MB SWAP
ad0s1d    <none>       1517MB *
ad0s1e    <none>        512MB *
ad0s1f    <none>      16951MB *

The following commands are valid here (upper or lower case):
C = Create        D = Delete   M = Mount pt.            W = Write
N = Newfs Opts    Q = Finish   S = Toggle SoftUpdates   Z = Custom Newfs
T = Toggle Newfs  U = Undo     A = Auto Defaults        R = Delete+Merge

Use F1 or ? to get more help, arrow keys to select.

sysinstall run from running FreeBSD box. This is not installing. I can't understand how is this working now! I even installed some packages!

ca_root_nss-3.12.4  The root certificate bundle from the Mozilla Project
curl-7.20.1         Non-interactive tool to get files from FTP, GOPHER, HTTP(S)
gettext-0.18_1      GNU gettext package
gmake-3.81_4        GNU version of 'make' utility
gmp-5.0.1           A free library for arbitrary precision arithmetic
libiconv-1.13.1_1   A character set conversion library
perl-5.10.1_1       Practical Extraction and Report Language
sudo-1.7.3          Allow others to run commands as root

I don't know hardware configuration of my VPS service. Is this normal? Please explain this to me how it's working now, and how should I handle this.


Sysinstall's disklabel editor does not read /etc/fstab, so it cann't show you current mountpoints. Sysinstall is fairly ugly and works good only for initial installation, so better forget about it after installation. Read handbook if you want to know how change mountpoints without sysinstall.

  • The parts are mounted well in fstab. Can I assume all settings are well done? – Eonil Mar 1 '11 at 10:13
  • Yes, if all needed filesystems are properly mounted – gelraen Mar 1 '11 at 11:28

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