The sysinstall utility is the installation
application provided by the FreeBSD Project. It is console based and is
divided into a number of menus and screens that you can use to configure and
control the installation process.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
The sysinstall menu system is controlled by
the arrow keys, Enter, Tab,
Space, and other keys. A detailed description of these
keys and what they do is contained in sysinstall's
To review this information, ensure that the
Usage entry is highlighted and that the
[Select] button is selected, as shown in
Figure 2-5, then press Enter.
The instructions for using the menu system will be displayed. After
reviewing them, press Enter to return to the Main
Selecting Usage from Sysinstall Main Menu
the Documentation Menu
From the Main Menu, select Doc with
the arrow keys and press Enter.
Figure 2-6. Selecting
This will display the Documentation Menu.
Figure 2-7. Sysinstall
It is important to read the documents provided.
To view a document, select it with the arrow keys and press
Enter. When finished reading a document, pressing
Enter will return to the Documentation Menu.
To return to the Main Installation Menu, select
Exit with the arrow keys and press
2.5.2 Selecting the
To change the keyboard mapping, use the arrow keys to select
Keymap from the menu and press
Enter. This is only required if you are using a
non-standard or non-US keyboard.
2-8. Sysinstall Main Menu
A different keyboard mapping may be chosen by selecting the menu item
using up/down arrow keys and pressing Space.
Pressing Space again will unselect the item. When
finished, choose the [ OK ] using the
arrow keys and press Enter.
Only a partial list is shown in this screen representation. Selecting
[ Cancel ] by pressing
Tab will use the default keymap and return to the Main Install Menu.
Figure 2-9. Sysinstall Keymap Menu
Installation Options Screen
Select Options and press
2-10. Sysinstall Main Menu
Figure 2-11. Sysinstall
The default values are usually fine for most users and do not need to
be changed. The release name will vary according to the version being
The description of the selected item will appear at the bottom of the
screen highlighted in blue. Notice that one of the options is
Use Defaults to reset all values to
Press F1 to read the help screen about the
Pressing Q will return to the Main Install
a Standard Installation
The Standard installation is the
option recommended for those new to UNIX®
or FreeBSD. Use the arrow keys to select
Standard and then press Enter to start the
2-12. Begin Standard Installation