At the menu in figure 2.52 here (https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/bsdinstall-post.html#bsdinstall-final-conf), selecting "Handbook" causes the system to hang at a message about (roughly) "Attempting to update catalog". Pressing enter causes this message to be replaced with several about a package manager not being found.
Relevant info: I selected to install from FTP from the main site. Network configuration seemed to go fine and I can ping external hosts with no extra configuration post reboot.
Saw this too. The console on Alt-F3 or Alt-F4 shows messages about pkg not being installed. Also, when I tried to install from CD, it said /dist is not writeable.
A patch has been created and is undergoing review
A commit references this bug:
Date: Wed Mar 18 23:24:39 UTC 2015
New revision: 280234
Fix the handbook install option in bsdinstall
bsdconfig's f_package_add doesn't seem to support using the pkg repo from /etc/pkg/FreeBSD.conf, it also tries to run the commands on the installer image, not in the destination chroot
Instead, manually bootstrap pkg in the chroot, and then install the requested packages (in the chroot)
Doesn't use pkg -c, because pkg is not installed on the installer image
Differential Revision: https://reviews.freebsd.org/D2026
Approved by: bapt
Sponsored by: ScaleEngine Inc.