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PC-SYSINSTALL(8)        FreeBSD System Manager's Manual       PC-SYSINSTALL(8)

     pc-sysinstall - System installer backend

     pc-sysinstall [-c file] [command]

     The pc-sysinstall utility is a hybrid backend for installing FreeBSD.
     When run in install mode it takes a configuration file and performs an
     installation according to the parameters specified in the configuration
     file.  When called with one of the system query commands it provides
     information about the system to aid a front end in building an
     appropriate configuration file.

     The following options are available:

     -c file
             Perform an installation as directed by file.

     The command can be any one of the following:

     help    Display a list of all commands.

     help command
             Display the help data for the specified command.

             Provide a listing of the storage devices detected on this system.

     disk-part disk
             Queries the specified storage device and returns information
             about its partitions.

     disk-info disk
             Returns information about a storage device's size, cylinders,
             heads, and sectors.

             Tests to see if this system is a laptop or desktop.

             Tests to see if this system is running in an emulator

             Returns a listing of the detected network cards on this system.

             Returns a listing of the available components which can be

     list-rsync-backups user host port
             Returns a listing of available rsync-backups on the target server
             in the life-preserver/ directory.

             Returns a listing of available timezones.

             Returns a list of languages that the installer supports.

             Returns the size of installed system RAM in MegaBytes.

             test if an internet connection is available.

             Returns a list of PC-BSD and FreeBSD installs on this system for

             Returns a list of keyboard layouts that xorg supports.

             Returns a list of keyboard models that xorg supports.

             Returns a list of keyboard variants that xorg supports.

     create-part disk size
             Create a new MBR primary slice on the target disk using size MB.

     delete-part partition
             Delete the disk partition specified.  If this is the last
             partition, the disk partition layout will also be scrubbed,
             leaving a clean disk ready for MBR or GPT file system layouts.

     start-autoinstall file
             Start an automated installation with the specified file.
             Normally only used by automated install scripts.

     setup-ssh-keys user host port
             Setup SSH without a password for the target host, user, and port.
             Used to prompt the user to log into a server before doing a rsync
             + ssh restore.

     This version of pc-sysinstall first appeared in FreeBSD 9.0.

     Kris Moore <[email protected]>

     This utility was written to install PC-BSD and has seen limited use as an
     installer for FreeBSD.  It's likely that usage to install FreeBSD will
     expose edge cases that PC-BSD doesn't, as well as generate feature
     requests based on unforeseen needs.

FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4          June 24, 2010         FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4
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