Extreme problem - was Re: [PC-BSD Announce] PC-BSD 10.1.1 Released
On 03/02/2015, Kris Moore <kris@...> wrote:
> The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of 10.1.1-RELEASE!
I have encounterd a problem, that I would class as extreme.
In having gone through the installation prodeure, and, followed the
instructions, I got a warning after the Disk summary dialogue box
Warning: The selected disk / partition is less than recommended 10GB.
in trying to install in a 93GB GPT partition.
Then, after clicking on <OK>, and continuing, the system apparently installed.
However, that is not the extreme problem.
I note that, at the end of the installation procedure, when saving the
installation configuration to a USB drive, it says to remove that and
then it will reboot.
So, I remove the USB drive.
But, it does not automatically eject the installation DVD, and,
reboots into the installation process on the DVD. With the difficulty
in opening the DVD drawer on the laptop (which is now how laptop
manufacturers design their computers - to make accessing the DVD
drawer, as difficult as possible), twenty minutes later, after having
had to shut the system down, a number of times, using the power button
(when everything goes wrong, and no other method is left, hold the
power button down for 12 seconds...), I managed to retrieve the
But, that is not the extreme problem.
And, when the system boots, booting into PC-BSD, it gets to the
"starting X" message, then, that disappears, and a white rectangular
block sits in the top left corner of the screen, and, nothing else
happens, so, after 15 minues, the system has to be shut down, using
the emergency shutdown using the power button.
But, that is not the extreme problem.
What is the extreme problem, is this; the system upon which, the
installation was (yet again) unsuccessfully attempted, is a GPT
system, with two operating systems previously installed (and, the
original operating system, lost, as in not found by GRUB); Ubuntu
Linux 14.04 LTS, and, Debian Linux 7.x, and, they had been able to be
booted, using GRUB as the multiloader, and, both operating systems had
successfully been updated and rebooted, imediately before this PC-BSD
installation attempt, and, the GRUB option had been left unchanged as
the default selection, in the PC-BSD installation process;
Advanced - checked as using GPT system
Selected Disk - whole of HDD - default - left unchanged
Selected Partition - ada0p10: 95367MB ms-basic-data) - selected
Force ZFS 4K block size - default unchecked - left unchecked
Boot-Loader - GRUB selected by default - left unchanged
ZFS Pool name - default unchecked - left unchanged
but, the PC-BSD installation, appears to have obliterated GRUB - and
Welcome to GRUB
is displayed on the screen, during bootup, no GRUB menu is displayed,
and the system will now only boot into the broken installation of
PC-BSD, and so, access to the previously installed operating systems,
of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and, Debian 7.x, is lost, and, the system is now,
broken across multiple operating systems.
If the installation of PC-BSD, being broken, was broken in its own
right, and did not interfere with the other installed operating
systems, then that would be one thing; it would be the status quo.
But, the PC-BSD installation, has broken the other operating systems,
and, the whole of the multi-boot operating system, in that, having
broken GRUB, it now prevents me from accessing the other operating
So, the whole of the computer is now unusable.
That is a problem that I class, not as critical, but as extreme.
"So once you do know what the question actually is,
you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
A Trilogy In Four Parts",
written by Douglas Adams,
published by Pan Books, 1992