Using FreeBSD ports means compiling software by executing make install clean. This is great since it automatically fetches the dependencies then compile them.
using make install clean, most of the packages have configuration options in which I have to manually choose the options. So if I install packageA with a lot of dependencies, those dependencies may have each a configuration option in which I have to select.
To select default Configuration i know 3 options that you can make use :
For csh-based Shell:
# setenv BATCH yes
OR for sh-based Shell:
# export BATCH=”yes”
# make -DBATCH install clean
# make config-recursive
usually to get all of the options displayed for you to choose upfront. I say “usually” because not all ports support it, but most do.
Installing VMware tools on Freebsd 10
- When installing OS, add kernel src
- Once installed, start the tools installer
Player, Manage, Install VMware tools
- Mount the tools cd in the OS
# mount -t cd9660 -o -e /dev/cd0 /cdrom
Assumes /dev/cd0 is your cdrom and that /cdrom exits
- Copy install from cd to local file system
# cp /cdrom/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz /tmp
- Eject cdrom
# umount /cdrom
then Click Player, Manage, Cancel VMware tools installation
- Install required packages
# pkg install compat6x-i386
# pkg install perl5
# pkg install xf86-input-vmmouse
- Create link to perl (so vmware tools can find it)
# ln -s /usr/local/bin/perl /usr/bin/perl
- Extract vmware tools installer ad start installer
# cd /tmp
# tar zxvf vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
# cd vmware-tools-distrib
I just press enter to accept all the defaults, you may want to read all the options and change some if required.
To install enlightenment your need to do something like this :
# pkg install enlightenment
to your .xinitrc file in your home directory
then when you start X11, enlightenment will also start.
to start X11/enlightenment use
Pkg on FreeBSD 10 seems to have a “hidden” switch/option.
If you’re getting the “failed checksum from repository” when trying to install a package, try doing and update with the -f switch.
# pkg update -f
I assume that stands for “force” and will force a download of the index from the repository.
For installing Gnome desktop environment in FreeBSD 10, the following steps can be used.
Install the needed packages
pkg install gnome-desktop gdm xorg xf86-video-fbdev
Add the following lines in /etc/rc.conf
Reboot the machine. It will boot into Gnome login screen.
Upgrading Using “FreeBSD Update”
# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install