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Using the Text Installer/10.0

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If you prefer to perform an installation using an ncurses menu rather than a full graphical installer, select the option "Text Install/Emergency Console" from the installer boot menu shown in Figure 3a. Once the installer finishes loading, you will see the screen shown in Figure 5.1a.

Figure 5.1a: Text Installation Menu


This initial menu provides the following options:

  • install: continues the installation using the text-based installer.
  • vesa: launches the graphical installer in VESA mode.
  • reboot: exits the installer and reboots the system.

Use the up/down arrows to make selections then press enter to continue with the selection. If you keep the default selection of "install", you will be prompted to install a desktop or a server in the screen shown in Figure 5.1b.

Figure 5.1b: Select Desktop or Server


After making a selection and pressing enter, the next screen will display the available disks on the system. In the example shown in Figure 5.1c, one disk is available.

Figure 5.1c: Select Installation Disk


Select the disk to install into and press enter. In the next screen, the installer will display all available primary partitions. In the example shown in Figure 5.1d, their is only one primary partition on one disk and the installer has selected the default of installing to the entire disk. If you have multiple primary partitions and disks, carefully select the disk and partition to install to.

Figure 5.1d: Select Primary Partition


The next screen, shown in Figure 5.1e, is used to select which, if any, boot manager to use. The default is to use GRUB as it is required to support multiple boot environments. If you select BSD, the FreeBSD boot manager will be installed and if you select none, no boot manager will be installed. Note that BSD and none do not support boot environments.

Figure 5.1e: Select Boot Manager


The next screen, shown in Figure 5.1f, allows you to start the installation, edit the installation parameters, go through the installer screens again, or quit the installer.

Figure 5.1f: Review Installation Options


If you wish to change any of the installation parameters, select edit to see the screen shown in Figure 5.1g.

Figure 5.1g: Edit Menu


To change the disk to install into, select disk. This will re-open the screens shown in Figures 5.1c, 5.1d, and 5.1e, and then return you to the screen shown in Figure 5.1g.

To modify the default ZFS layout, select zfs which will open the screen shown in Figure 5.1h.

Figure 5.1h: ZFS Layout


To edit the properties of an existing dataset, highlight the dataset's name and press enter. This will show the list of available ZFS properties for that dataset, as seen in the example shown in Figure 5.1i. To change the value of a ZFS property, highlight it and press enter. The available values will vary, depending upon the selected property.

NOTE: while you can delete a dataset, the default datasets are needed for boot environments. For this reason, it is not recommended to delete any default datasets. ZFS options are described in zfs(8) and you should not change any options unless you are familiar with the ramifications of doing so.

Figure 5.1i: ZFS Properties for a Dataset


Using the System Utilities Menu

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