DragonFly bugs List (threaded) for 2004-01
Re: I hosed up with vi
Matthew Dillon wrote:
You should be able to boot with the CD. If the system
is not booting the CD when you reboot get into the BIOS
and change the boot try ordering so it tries the CD
before the HD.
Once you are able to boot from the CD again you should
be able to fix up the hard drive issues. There are a lot
of things that can result in a disk-full problem. When
you say you only have 80MB of RAM do you mean that you
only have 80MB of RAM or an 80MB hard disk? 80MB of ram
should not be a problem, but an 80MB hard disk would be a
We should probably include a sample disklabel on the CDRom.
Disklabels will accept sizes in megabytes, and '*' for
auto-calculation. So, for example, you could do this:
# size offset fstype [fsize bsize bps/cpg]
a: 256m 0 4.2BSD
b: 1024m * swap
c: (keep this number intact) 0 unused
d: 256m * 4.2BSD
e: 256m * 4.2BSD
f: 8192m * 4.2BSD
g: * * 4.2BSD
disklabel might get confused with so many wildcards. If
so, leave off the 'g' partition, save it, then run disklabel
again to set up the 'g' partition.
In this example I am assuming at least a 10G hard drive.
Sorry if I did not explain properly. I had booted from CD
and was starting the procedure (commands given in the README
file) to initialize, prepare and copy DfBSD to the HD. I hosed
up with vi at the "disklabel -e" part. I do have 80 MB of
RAM and a 3.2 GB HD. The README file seems to expect 4GB for
the /usr slice, but I am hoping to get by with less because
I'm just playing with it right now; I have FBSD on a 2.something
GB HD on another computer. I was able to reboot from the CD
after cycling power.
I probably typed in some long numbers in vi without getting
into insert mode first. Maybe it did a repeat of subsequent
I'll try using the asterisks next time (but not tonight).
Maybe someone will be nice and write a small program to help
the user fill in that data in some future release (as in FBSD)?
But don't you think that ctrl-c should eventually kill a
program regardless of errors? Likewise ctrl-alt-del should
eventually reboot and not endlessly spit out an error message?