I'm in NetBSD installation process, when configuring network, I'm stuck in this command and there is no way out of it:

Status: Command failed
Command: /sbin/ifconfig fwip0 media
Hi enter to continue

When I hit enter, I'm asked for a net media type:

Net media type []:

Anything that I enter, returns the following error message, even when I enter "autoselect" the error message appears again and again without getting out of the process:

ifconfig: SIOCGIFMEDIA: Inappropriate ioctl for device

The screenshots are shown below:

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When hit Ctrl+z and then type ifconfig, I receive the following data for fwip0 device:

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Actually, before I run into above mentioned issue, I configured another device (bge0) which worked fine.

Therefore, bge0 worked fine, but fwip0 is stuck and I cannot get out of installation process. Can anybody help. I cannot use that computer and I'm posting this question with somebody else's machine!


I run into a similar problem in the past which I solved by setting the media type to none.

  • I tried many words, but unfortunately didn't try "none" I wish I had tried – user3405291 Feb 9 '16 at 14:11
  • Since firewire doesn't really have a "media" interface, none is probably the only valid media type to use with fwip interfaces (though manual might also work). See the fine manual ifmedia(4) for a bit more info. – Greg A. Woods Feb 10 '16 at 20:55

I'm not sure why the firewire (fwip) interface is causing issues, but two things you might try, either of which should help:

  1. Go into the BIOS setup and disable the firewire interface
  2. Hit space to interrupt the NetBSD boot, then use boot -c to enter userconf at which point you should be able to disable fwip0 and then quit to continue the boot
  • Actually, I pressed "Ctrl+z" and then typed "ps" there was a process named "sysinst" so I typed "kill [process ID of sysinst]" and got out of installation process. I'm formatting the disk and I'm going to start installation from scratch again. This time I will not try to configure the firewire (fwip0). – user3405291 Feb 9 '16 at 9:38
  • I started installation process again, and I didn't configure firewire (fwip0). Everything is fine now and NetBSD is being installed without problem. – user3405291 Feb 9 '16 at 10:15
  • Indeed it is best to avoid trying to configure device drivers that are not needed. – Greg A. Woods Feb 10 '16 at 20:34

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