On Sun, Jan 06, 2008 at 02:11:40AM -0600, David Alanis wrote: > > Good Day: > > I just recently converted to FreeBSD and convinced my highly religious > (Gentoo) friend over as well. However, the ride has not been as smooth > as I would have liked. To make this story short, here is my late > Christmas wish-list regarding the lack-of documentation on the > installation of packages on FreeBSD.
Welcome to FreeBSD! And good work on the evangelisation :) All the documentation you need is in the handbook: http://www..freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/ports.html If it's not in the handbook, it's in the comprehensive manpages. If you decide to use ports (which you probably will coming from Gentoo) then you want to read /usr/ports/UPDATING after you've updated your ports tree with csup(1) and before you build a port. UPDATING tells you of any gotchas you should be aware of before building. http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cvsup.html > Ah yeah, and in the process, I am > hoping to get help, pointers, or some type of recognition for > converting to the wonderful world of BSD! Please note, part of the > wish list comes with a bit of a Gentoo Linux bias having make.conf, > package.use, package.keywords, along with the USE="" flags so readily > available. Your best bet to acquaint yourself with the system is reading the handbook and asking questions here when you run into problems. Forget your Gentoo biases, while it's similar in that you build from source the process is quite different and requires less user interaction. E.g If you want to fiddle with various knobs on some piece of software (e.g apache) you will be presented with a curses interface at the start of the build process where you set the knobs you want. > > Wish-list > > 1.) Documentation about customization optimization-flags/configure > options (including which system files/location/make.conf may need to > be edited???? when building packages from ports (we did discover > portconf, but is this it?) As I mentioned before, any configuration you may want to do is presented to you when you build the port although there are clever options you can use but as a beginner you're unlikely to want to use them yet. There's an example make.conf at /usr/share/examples/etc/make.conf which shows you what switches you can put in /etc/make.conf (the one that is parsed) and the manpage also tells you all about it. You'll find though that your make.conf is fairly small. A lot of people use portupgrade or portmaster to build and keep their ports in order. My choice is portupgrade. I don't use portconf (nor do many others (I think) although it might be a useful tool - I don't know) Most use pkgtools.conf(5) to do fancy things; those that do fancy things with their ports. As a rule of thumb it's usually unnecessary. But the pkgtools are useful. Start with pkg_info(1) and read on from there. Most work with ports too. One file you will have to edit is rc.conf(5) > > 2.) We are also big into VoIP and just realized that FreeBSD 7.0 will > not build asterisk-addons on our home/production servers. So after > losing a ton of sleep we are now having to revert back to FreeBSD 6.2. > In short, can anyone fill us in to which FreeBSD distribution is > "known" to work splendid with the asterisk family? In future when you have a port that wont build, post here & tell us how you tried to build it. It should be as simple as: # cd /usr/ports/net/asterisk-addons # make install clean If it fails, cut and paste the output where it fails and post it here. FreeBSD 7.0 and 6.3 are in the final stages of being released so there could still be some bugs but very few in the base system. The ports are another matter but most should build. Don't revert back to 6.2, it's probable that somebody knowledgeable here can help you build your asterix bits given some debugging info. If it can't be fixed on 7.0 you want to go back to RELENG_6_3 (cvs tag) anyway since it's so close to release. > > Thank you for your time, No worries. > FreeBSD rocks! Yeah :) > David A. > -- Frank Contact info: http://www.esperance-linux.co.uk/misc/contact.html _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"