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

Information Technology – Software Support


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Fred Schlechter | 31 Jan 19:59 2014

pkg upgrade checksum problem

I'm trying to upgrade the packages on 9.2-release
and apparently one of the packages has an
incorrect checksum(see below).

How do I proceed and get all the packages
on my system upgraded?

Here is my CLI(s):
sudo pkg-static upgrade
The upgrade will require 561 MB more space

1 GB to be downloaded

Proceed with upgrading packages [y/N]: y
docbook-1.4_1.txz 100% 2216     2.2KB/s   2.2KB/s   00:00
pkg-static: docbook-1.4_1 failed checksum from repository

System Info:
$ uname -v
FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE-p1 #0: Sat Nov 16 04:38:22 UTC 2013 

$ pkg -v
Fred Schlechter | 15 Jan 21:39 2014

pkg upgrade problems

I'm having a problem with the pkg utility and upgrading packages.
I've read various websites and the blog on "End of the PKG Woes"
but I still can't get this to work.

When I run "sudo pkg upgrade" from the CLI the result is:
"Updating repository catalogue"
"ERROR: Failed getting packagesite"

Then, I tried "sudo pkg-static upgrade" which resulted in:
The upgrade will require 523 MB more space
1 GB to be downloaded
Proceed with upgrading packages [y/N]: y
pkg-static: Not Found

The process just stops there and no packages are upgraded.

pkg -v

uname -v
FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE-p1 #0: Sat Nov 16 04:38:22 UTC 2013

Originally, I had pkg version 1.2.3 and I thought that might be causing
the problem. So, I installed the latest version(1.2.5) from ports but that
didn't fix it.
billysdad | 5 Dec 01:41 2013

9.1 9.2; video


After years away from freebsd, last used it supporting freebsd desktops for MindSpring in a call center,
I'm trying it again at home.

While I'm still amazed at the speed, stability, and memory management of freebsd, I have 2 questions.

1. I have two 32 bit netbooks that can't go beyond 9.1 pcbsd (zfs?), but updated to freebsd 9.2 on top of pcbsd
9.1, seemingly without fault, what problems may I encounter running this "split" system?

2. I've installed 4 linux distros and pc-bsd on these netbooks, and only redhat's fedora can handle dual
monitors correctly. I haven't been able to google an answer to making the others handle dual monitors as
well as fedora 19. Suggestions?

Peter Fraser | 27 Nov 01:01 2013

Upgrade Method

Hi All
I recently tried using TrueOS, having regularly used FBSD. Just wondering, how do I upgrade from say, TrueOS 9.1 to 9.2?

Thanks for any help.
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james | 15 Nov 07:40 2013

Conversion between PCBSD and FreeBSD

I followed the instructions here:

Is it possible to convert back?

If so, how?

Martijn Veening | 2 Nov 23:57 2013

Eclipse Juno web/EE development

After installing Eclipse Juno (Eclipse 4.2.0) in either PC-BSD 9.0 or
9.2, the so-called WTP-functionality is not available (for
EE-development): I cannot create 'Java dynamic web'-projects.
The 'about'-dialogue only shows 'Eclipse Modeling' and ''.
I think this is caused by the same issue I encounter trying to 'Check
for updates':

Cannot complete the install because of a conflicting dependency.
  Software being installed: Equinox p2 RCP Management Facilities
  Software currently installed: Eclipse Platform 3.7.0.I20120608-1400
(org.eclipse.platform.ide 3.7.0.I20120608-1400)
  Only one of the following can be installed at once:
    Equinox Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS)
1.2.0.v20130424-1801 (
    Equinox Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS)
1.1.100.v20120522-1841 (
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Equinox p2 Core Function 1.2.1.v20130827-1605
    To: [1.2.0.v20130424-1801]
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Equinox p2 Core Function Source 1.2.1.v20130827-1605
    To: [1.2.1.v20130827-1605]
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Equinox p2 RCP Management Facilities 1.2.0.v20130827-1605
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Eclipse Platform
    To: [1.1.100.v20120522-1841]
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Eclipse Platform 3.7.0.I20120608-1400
(org.eclipse.platform.ide 3.7.0.I20120608-1400)

Eclispe 3.5 has always worked flawlessly, but I would really like to
upgrade to 4.2.

Best of regards,
Martijn Veening
The Netherlands
Dru Lavigne | 14 Oct 16:25 2013

Re: PC-BSD and UEFI and GPT and MS Windows 8

>In the research that I had done about this, I had found the following material.
>The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Benno Rice has been
>awarded a grant to implement the ability to boot FreeBSD in the
>Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot environment.
>The work to be done includes a new version of the loader, kernel
>modifications to support starting from a UEFI environment and the
>ability to create install media for pure UEFI systems.
>?UEFI support is critical for FreeBSD?s future on the amd64 platform
>and I?m really pleased to be able to ensure that FreeBSD gains support
>for it,? said Benno.
>This project is expected to be completed in March 2013.
>Post Published: 05 March 2013
>I think an error may exist, regarding the post publishing date, and
>its relationship to the expected date of completion of the project.
>But, because of what I understand to be the relationship between
>FreeBSD and PC-BSD, I assume that a development such as the one
>mentioned in that article, would impact on PC-BSD.
>Please advise regarding that, and, whether anything is known of any
>progress in the project "to implement the ability to boot FreeBSD in
>the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot environment".

Just to clarify regarding Foundation sponsored Projects. Work that occurs happens either in HEAD or in a
projects area that gets committed to HEAD by the end of the project completion. This means that this
project should be in 10 (which was HEAD at that time), and assuming that it is accepted as stable enough to
include in a release, should be in 10.0-RELEASE. I haven't kept up with commit messages to see if it is
slated to be in 10.0 RELEASE, so perhaps Kris would know the answer to that one. If it is slated, there should
be images soon as Kris is working on the first batch of 10.0 images.


james | 10 Oct 00:08 2013

TrueOS 9.2 with UFS boot?

What happens if I *don't* faff around and update my boot drives?

I have my boot drive as a RAID1 on a PERC5i.  I'm pretty happy with it, 
certainly not unhappy-enough to want to mess around trying to refit as 
JBOD and ZFS, even if that would be what I'd choose for a fresh install.

Originally this was a FreeBSD system.

I used the instructions at 
and switched the packagesite etc.

But now I am on 9.1-RELEASE/amd64.

The link above suggests editing packagesite to point to 
9.2-RELEASE/amd64 if I am on FreeBSD and want to use the new repository.

Can I still just do that - and switch to 9.2 goodness without having to 
pick up the new boot environment stuff?

If it is really required to upgrade, is there a magic utility that will 
squirrel away the local changes made for me (including /usr/local, the 
rc.conf, sysctl.conf etc I guess) and restore after a fresh install?  I 
have lots of space on a ZFS pool on a RAIDZ drive set that I can export 
and reimport after install.  I hope an install would leave it alone.

Dru Lavigne | 9 Oct 23:27 2013

Re: PC-BSD and UEFI and GPT and MS Windows 8

>I have read of problems with trying to instal operating systems as
>dual and multiple boot scenario's with MS Windows 8. Reference has
>been made to the "secure boot" obstruction to installing operating
>systems other than MS Windows 8.
>In doing a little research, I have found that MS Windows 8
>(apparently) uses UEFI instead of BIOS, and GPT, and does not use
>MBR's, and that the architecture of UEFI and / or GPT, instead of
>being limited to 4 primary partitions, allows up to 128 partitions,
>and does not differentiate between primary and non-primary partitions
>(which should, in theory, be helpful in installing PC-BSD, with its
>need for installation in a primary partition, where the older MBR
>system is used, if PC-BSD can thence be installed on a UEFI / GPT
>I wonder then, whether PC-BSD (especially, the latest version, 9.2)
>has been installed on one of these UEFI/GPT based MS Windows 8
>systems, as a dual-boot or multiple boot system, and, if so, whether
>any installation instructions relating to installing PC-BSD on a MS
>Windows 8, UEFI/GPT based system, as a dual or multiple boot system,
>are published, and, if so, do those instructions include how to
>determine whether the "secure boot" obstruction is set to stop
>installation of non-MS Windows 8 operating systems, or, how to get
>around the "secure boot" obstruction, so as to allow PC-BSD to be

I have one of these systems. I was able to get it to install by playing around in the BIOS, but it was unable to
boot afterwards either as a dual-boot or single-boot system. Kris and I need to get together to see what is
needed to get the hardware to boot from GRUB. So for now, afaik, this doesn't work yet.