On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 9:03 PM, Ben Kaduk wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM, Maxim Konovalov wrote:
>> On Sun, 19 Oct 2008, 11:26-0400, Ben Kaduk wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I actually had trouble with September, too, but I didn't try terribly hard.
>>> As I understand it, only a couple of ftp servers have the actual
>>> distribution data
>>> for the snapshots, with current.freebsd.org (aliased to
>>> snapshots.jp.freebsd.org)
>>> being canonical; I assume that snapshots.se.freebsd.org would also be likely
>>> to have them, from its name.
>>> However, as I went to install amd64 last night, I was getting "failed to log in"
>>> messages from current.freebsd.org, and I think from snapshots.se.freebsd.org
>>> as well (though my memory is not 100% certain). Certainly I failed to install
>>> a system by this method, and resorted to downloading disc 1 and doing a
>>> standard install from CD.
>>> I am moderately inclined to believe that I'm seeing server-side
>>> problems, but I'm not sure. Are there other servers that would have
>>> the distributions for the monthly snapshots?

>> There is snapshots/ directory practically on any FreeBSD ftp mirror.
>> E.g.
>> ftp://ftp2.ru.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots
>> ftp://ftp2.ru.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/200810

> Hm. I seem to be having trouble, here. I've been seeing other odd
> behaviour with this laptop (thinkpad T400), such as the optical drive
> not being enumerated on warm boots (I'll send a separate correspondence
> about that), so it might be specific to this machine.
> In any case, if I boot into the installer (amd64 8-current october 2008
> snapshot) and do:
> United States
> Custom installation
> options--> DHCP, FTP installation (media type)
> --> main site (ftp.freebsd.org)
> interface em0
> noIPv6
> host: hysteresis.mit.edu
> domain: mit.edu
> IPv4 gateway:
> name server:
> IPv4 address: netmask
> (no extra options)
> use existing partition; select mountpoints for existing slices
> (disable softupdates)
> distributions--> all
> ports collection: no
> commit pending changes
> [...]
> logging in to ftp@ftp.freebsd.org
> ***User Confirmation Requested***
> Warning: Can't find the '8.0-CURRENT-200810' distribution on this
> FTP server. You may need to visit a different server for
> the release you are trying to fetch or go to the Options
> menu and to set the release name to explicitly match what's
> available on ftp.freebsd.org (or set to "any").
> Would you like to select another FTP server?
> [yes]
> [select by URL]
> ftp://ftp2.ru.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/200810
> You've already done the network configuration once,
> would you like to skip over it now?
> [yes]
> [logging in to ftp@ftp2.ru.freebsd.org..]
> [hangs for a few minutes (sorry, didn't start timing right at the beginning)]
> Couldn't open FTP connection to ftp2.ru.freebsd.org:
> Service not available, closing control connection.
> [unable to initialize selected media; would you like to try again?]
> [yes]
> FTP--> snapshots server Japan (snapshots.jp.freebsd.org)
> [skip over network configuration]
> Cannot resolve hostname 'snapshots.jp.freebsd.org'! Are you sure that your
> name server, gateway and network interface are correctly configured?
> Any further attempts to do anything result in hostname resolution failure;
> I am forced to reboot.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Any further thoughts on what I'm doing wrong, or is this
> starting to look like a bug?
> Thanks,
> Ben Kaduk

For the archives: I have reasons to suspect that the CD I was using
was corrupted (though I have not yet had a chance to actually
checksum the actual media I used).

Hopefully this is just a false alarm.

-Ben Kaduk
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