[PC-BSD Testing] Fwd: Multiple bugs in installer

LinuxBSDos.com finid at linuxbsdos.com
Wed Sep 15 16:22:22 PDT 2010

> Hi guys,
> I'm trying to install PC-BSD. So far these are the bugs I have found in
> the installer:
> 1) I am not able to set my timezone. A guess would be this is because I
> live in the UK and selected UK as keyboard layout:
> http://img405.imageshack.us/i/plasmadesktope23017.png/

That screenshot tells me that you are carrying out the installation in a
virtual environment. Most likely using VirtualBox, Right?

If you were installing it on real hardware, the list of timezones will be
populated. In any case, it's still a bug.

> 2) Your mirror list for netinstall contains an incorrect entry:
> ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/iso/8.1/i386/netinstall =>
> ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/mirror/8.1/i386/netinstall/
> 3) Your mirror list is very tiny:
> http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=intitle%3A%22index+of%22+8.1+pcbsd+ufs+uzip&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&fp=8cfe031445db23c2
> 4) The installer keeps failing for various reasons. If an HTTP transfer
> fails that should not abort the whole install you should be able to
> retry/resume.
> 5) This one might be hard to reproduce so I will describe what I did
> exactly:
> I created a disk layout with "whole disk" and install freebsd boot
> loader. I made a partition of type zfs basic mounted to / of size
> 148526mb as the first partition and then made a swap partition of 4096mb
> which filled the rest of the disk. This install failed. I rebooted the
> machine and attempted another install. In simple partitioner I selected
> use entire disk and install bootloader. Went to the the advanced
> partitioner and this time put the swap partition first of size 4096 and
> made ZFS basic mounted at / for the rest of the disk. This caused the
> partitioning mechanism to fail. I should have grabbed the log but didn't
> so sorry for that.
> My best guess is it expected me to delete the existing partition first
> in the simple partitioner and got confused. This is however just a wild
> guess. I zero'd sector 0 with Linux and retried the same setup (SWAP of
> 4096 followed by ZFS / basic taking the remaining disk). It is currently
> installing without problem, from the following mirror:
> http://ftp.cc.uoc.gr/mirrors/pcbsd/8.1/i386/netinstall
> Which wasn't included in your list and is a lot faster :)
> You can use that google search I provided above to keep a more
> up-to-date mirror list. Obviously it will need screening for nasties but
> I think the University of Crete computer centre should be a reliable
> enough mirror and I hope you have some form of signature checking in
> place anyways.
> 6) You need a few more expert buttons or a way to jump to terminal.
> 7) You should consider using aria2c or a similar program to download the
> files(s) needed. It can make the use of multiple mirrors at once
> distributing load, spreading out bandwidth usage more evenly and giving
> the user faster download speeds.
> That's it for now :)

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