DWL | 12 Nov 08:20 2014

documentation suggestions


This is a newb question. Who do I send mail to if I have suggestions for improving the user documentation? The website?

B J | 7 Nov 18:28 2014

Problems With Mate Desktop After Upgrade

I upgraded my PC-BSD 10 installation earlier this morning.  I use Mate
as the desktop, but something's not working properly after I log in.

There appears to be an endless loop of some sort.  The desktop folders
as I configured them come up, but I get a series of open x-caja
windows and then the screen blanks and starts all over again.  The
menu bar doesn't appear and there's no way to stop it sort of forcing
the machine to shut down.

Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as I'd like to use Mate as
my preferred desktop.  I don't have this problem with XCFE, though I
haven't tried any of the other desktops that I've installed.

Please advise.  Thank you.

B. M. Jatzeck
Christian Baer | 3 Nov 12:22 2014

Installation problems on MBR

Hey everyone!

Last weekend I wanted to give PCBSD a spin and decided to install it on
my brand new computer. :-) I have no real experience with PCBSD but I
have been using FreeBSD since v3.4 (mainly as a server system). Getting
FreeBSD up and running is no big deal to me, but I have not had that
much experience with FreeBSD on the desktop and configuring everything
takes a while, so I thought I'd try PCBSD and maybe speed things up a

The boot drive is a Samsung SSD from the 840 Pro series. I am not a
gamer all of the time, but because I do like gaming from time to time,
a Win7 is to be installed on the SSD as well. There are other drives
installed in case I run out of room. :-)

Because Windows is a pain with GPT and UEFI, I went for MBR. I put two
partitions aside for Windows (100MB and ~120GB) and created one for
PCBSD (~118GB).

While I got FreeBSD up and running easily (including X with
nvidia-driver and OpenGL) and without any real problems[1], I had real
problems getting PCBSD to run and eventually gave up - when using the
MBR and only a partition for PCBSD.

PCBSD installed like a breeze when I gave it the whole SSD. However,
when I only assigned a single partition to it, the installation failed
every time. gpart always complained that it couldn't modify the disk.
This was an error message I have not seen before because I have never
tried to manipulate an MBR-drive with gpart. Unfortunately I left the
note with the exact error message at home. My bad. :-/ I'll have access
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Bret Busby | 14 Aug 11:47 2014

Fwd: [PC-BSD Trac] #1204: Installation fails


What does the message below, mean?

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
 A Trilogy In Four Parts",
 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: PC-BSD <trac@...>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:19:48 -0000
Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Trac] #1204: Installation fails

#1204: Installation fails
  Reporter:  bret.busby     |      Owner:  kris
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Bret Busby | 10 May 19:00 2014

Unable to install PC-BSD 10.1


I have tried now three times to install PC-BSD 10.1 on a laptop bought 
for the purpose.

The laptop on which I have been trying to perform the installation, is 
an Acer V3-772G, with 16GB RAM (which, when I gaet PC-BSD installed, I 
want to have increased to 32GB), an NVidia GEForce GT750 graphics card, 
and a 1TB HDD. I have been trying to install PC-BSD into partition 10 
(the system uses GPT, not FAT, so it is not a logical partition).

When I set up the partitions, using the partition manager in the Debian 
7.5 Linux installation, I did not set partition 10 up to be used by 
Debian, so it is not formatted.

I have successfully (well, kind of; the soundcard does not work with it) 
managed to install Debian Linux 7.5, running the XFCE desktop 
environment, with GRUB 2 (although, that did not find the Windows 8 
operating system, but that is no great loss, as I found it too difficult 
to use, anyway, and forgot the password, so can't do anything with it, 
except delete it).

Apart from the PC-BSD 10.1 installation process not accepting network 
connection other than by using DHCP (why do these installations of operating 
systems, default to DHCP?), It refuses to accept that 95GB is more than 

A copy of the installation log file content, is below.

Thank you in anticipation, for any assistance to get PC-BSD 10.1, 
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Zuyi Hu | 5 May 12:48 2014

how to change pcbsd default input method

Hello everyone,I want to disable the default input method which is
ibus and make fcitx default,but I don't how to do it?can anyone help
Nico Berg | 2 Mar 15:38 2014

Virtualbox shared folder mount

Hi again,
I have installed PC-BSD on virtualbox, host Lubuntu.
I made a shared folder and named it "lubuntu".
Now, bidirectional clipboard works, so I think the guest-additions are 
properly working.
Can I check this?

I try mount -t vboxfs lubuntu /mnt

This doesn't working. I get back: "mount: lubuntu: Operation not 
supported by device".

How do I solve this problem?

Nico Berg | 2 Mar 15:10 2014

Lazarus installed but: Error: directory rtl not found

Hi there, I am new to PCBSD but I like it. Therefor I ask some help.
I try to install Lazarus, I try to install Lazarus on all my OS's. Used 
Appcafe to do.
My PCBSD is still running on Virtualbox with as hast Lubuntu.

Now the error I get is "directory rtl not found". Installing fpc bt 
downloading a tar from there website doesn't help.
To be sure I installed PCBSD fresh. So clean install and direct the problem.

How to solve this problem?

Ken Moore | 11 Feb 20:18 2014

Re: Fwd: PAM and PCDM

PCDM does not support non-local users at the moment. We are currently working on this.

You will need to switch to using KDM for the time being if you need LDAP support right away.

On 02/11/2014 12:54, Kris Moore wrote:

You see this?

-------- Original Message -------- Subject: Date: From: To:
[PC-BSD Support] PAM and PCDM
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:20:37 +0100
Tobias Famulla <dev-4bWGWSqx+PVulxpn9UvDqw@public.gmane.org>

Hello, I have a fresh installed workstation with PCBSD 10 and configured LDAP-Authentication by hand, not using the gui. For ssh, su and kdm it works well, but in PCDM I only see the local user. I also configured /etc/pam.d/login. How do I have to configure PCDM to work with PAM and LDAP like the other applications? Cheers, Tobias _______________________________________________ Support mailing list Support-Fhbtn2kkCAMmbxgs1yVkuA@public.gmane.org http://lists.pcbsd.org/mailman/listinfo/support

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Tobias Famulla | 10 Feb 23:20 2014



I have a fresh installed workstation with PCBSD 10 and configured
LDAP-Authentication by hand, not using the gui.
For ssh, su and kdm it works well, but in PCDM I only see the local user.
I also configured /etc/pam.d/login.

How do I have to configure PCDM to work with PAM and LDAP like the other


GARRISON, TRAVIS J. | 6 Feb 23:13 2014

pc-thinclient install issues

We are having issues installing the thin client server using pc-thinclient. The install script will error out and we have not been able to continue.


We have tested using the 10.0 release and 9-release downloaded today with both desktop and server versions.


Extracting FreeBSD environment… This may take a while…

cp: /usr/local/etc/pkg-pubkey.cert: No such file or directory

Updating repository catalogue

ERROR: Error 3: pkg –c /usr/home/thinclient install –y pcbsd-utils



Travis Garrison

Server Systems Administrator

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