I am setting up two Soekris net5501 boxes to use as routers. After you install FreeBSD to a directory (I chose /usr/net5501) this is how to get that installation onto a flash chip.
In this example my flash chip shows up as /dev/da1
You get the count for sectors/unit (in my case 31227840) by:
# bsdlabel -Awn da1 auto
Okay – so the old Ultradesic tutorial I was following was having you make a “dangerously dedicated” disk. Also, I left out the -B in the bsdlabel command below because I assumed -b implied -B but I do not believe it does.
Let’s use slices instead (the standard way). `mkdir /mnt/flash` or choose your own mount directory.
# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da1 bs=1k count=1 # fdisk -BI da1 # bsdlabel -B -b /usr/net5501/boot/boot -w da1s1 auto # bsdlabel -e da1s1 # Don't need to edit anything for our purposes here but this is where you would add slices # newfs -U /dev/da1s1a # -U enables soft updates # mount /dev/da1s1a /mnt/flash # (cd /usr/net5501 ; tar cPf - .) | (cd /mnt/flash ; tar xf - ); # umount /mnt/flash