The sysinstall utility is the installation application
provided by the FreeBSD Project. It is console based and is divided into a number of
menus and screens that you can use to configure and control the installation process.
The sysinstall menu system is controlled by the arrow keys,
Enter, Space, and other keys. A detailed
description of these keys and what they do is contained in sysinstall's usage information.
To review this information, ensure that the
entry is highlighted and that the [Select] button is
selected, as shown in Figure 2-8,
then press Enter.
The instructions for using the menu system will be displayed. After reviewing them,
press Enter to return to the Main Menu.
Figure 2-8. Selecting Usage from Sysinstall Main Menu
From the Main Menu, select with the arrow keys
and press Enter.
Figure 2-9. Selecting Documentation Menu
This will display the Documentation Menu.
Figure 2-10. Sysinstall Documentation Menu
It is important to read the documents provided.
To view a document, select it with the arrow keys and press Enter. When finished reading a document, pressing Enter will return to the Documentation Menu.
To return to the Main Installation Menu, select
with the arrow keys and press Enter.
To change the keyboard mapping, use the arrow keys to select from the menu and press Enter.
This is only required if you are using a non-standard or non-US keyboard.
Figure 2-11. Sysinstall Main Menu
A different keyboard mapping may be chosen by selecting the menu item using up/down
arrow keys and pressing Space. Pressing Space
again will unselect the item. When finished, choose the [ OK ] using the arrow keys and press Enter.
Only a partial list is shown in this screen representation. Selecting [ Cancel ] by pressing Tab will
use the default keymap and return to the Main Install Menu.
Figure 2-12. Sysinstall Keymap Menu
Select and press Enter.
Figure 2-13. Sysinstall Main Menu
Figure 2-14. Sysinstall Options
The default values are usually fine for most users and do not need to be changed. The
release name will vary according to the version being installed.
The description of the selected item will appear at the bottom of the screen
highlighted in blue. Notice that one of the options is to reset all values to startup defaults.
Press F1 to read the help screen about the various options.
Pressing Q will return to the Main Install menu.
The installation is the option recommended
for those new to UNIX® or FreeBSD. Use the arrow keys
to select and then press Enter to start the installation.
Figure 2-15. Begin Standard Installation