Make latest FreeBSD memstick installer shell filesystem mount as RW


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I can access the shell inside the latest FreeBSD memstick image, but the filesystem there is ready-only. Is there any way to get the filesystem in this shell to mount as read-write?

Thank you,
James Pedersen


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ATTN: *If all my posts need to be read before they're posting then you might as well have answered this.*

Use Single User Mode:

fsck -y
mount -u /
mount -a -t ufs
swapon -a


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Genius, thanks T-Daemon. I would never have guessed that it's a different file system.

For a file that I touched in live mode whilst booted from the installation device, after booting a different system then mounting the volume:

% mount | grep ufs
/dev/da1s2a on /media/Verbatim_STORE_N_GO_07B7050762213D03_s2_s2a (ufs, local)
% file /media/Verbatim_STORE_N_GO_07B7050762213D03_s2_s2a/root/touched.txt
/media/Verbatim_STORE_N_GO_07B7050762213D03_s2_s2a/root/touched.txt: empty

Installation device written from:
  • FreeBSD-14.0-CURRENT-amd64-20220120-7406ec4ea99-252544-memstick.img

Postscript: I mean, different from the cd9660 file system type, which I previously associated with installers for FreeBSD.

I'll arrange corrections to <> (broken link, mini-memstick missing) and an update to <>. Maybe also draft what's required for 257347 – Outdated directions to use standard optical media (CDs, DVDs) for installation of FreeBSD.
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T-Daemon, your solution pretty much solved the problem (the only think I think I did differently was run “mount -rw /“) , thank you!

James Pedersen