3.5 Introducing bsdinstall

bsdinstall is a text-based installation application used to install and configure FreeBSD.

The bsdinstall menu system is controlled by the arrow keys, Enter, Tab, Space, and other keys.

3.5.1 Selecting the Keymap Menu

Depending on the system console being used, bsdinstall may initially prompt to select your keyboard layout.

Figure 3-4. Selecting Keyboard Menu

Select the keymap that most closely represents the mapping of the keyboard attached to the system, using the up/down arrow keys and pressing Enter.

Note: Pressing Esc will use the default keymap. United States of America ISO-8859-1 is also a safe option if the choice of keymap is not clear.

3.5.2 Setting the Hostname

Next, bsdinstall will prompt for the hostname to be given to the newly installed system.

Figure 3-5. Setting the Hostname

The entered hostname should be a fully-qualified hostname, such as machine3.example.com

3.5.3 Selecting Components to Install

Next, bsdinstall will prompt to select optional components to install.

Figure 3-6. Selecting Components to Install

Deciding which components to install will depend largely on the intended use of the system and the amount of disk space available. The FreeBSD Kernel and userland (collectively the base system) are always installed.

Depending on the type of installation, some of these components may not appear.

Optional Components