> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matthew Seaman

> That's because the mini-iso doesn't contain any packages.  However,
> apart from installing some third party packages, you have, in fact,
> successfully installed FreeBSD.
> I suggest that you quit out of sysinstall, boot up your system in
> FreeBSD, log in, make sure you set up the networking correctly and:
> Either: install the cvsup-without-gui port by:
>     # pkg_add -r cvsup-without-gui
> Then use cvsup(1) to pull down the latest ports tree (see Appendix A.5
> of the handbook for instructions:
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cvsup.html)
> and install the extra software that you want via the ports(7) system.
> Each time you update the ports tree, remember to run 'make index' to
> regenerate the INDEX file.  That takes a little time, as it has to
> chew through about 9,100 ports and sort out all of the dependencies
> and so forth.
> Highly recommended (if you choose this route) that the first port
> you install should be sysutils/portupgrade, then use portupgrade to
> install everything else.
> Or: from within FreeBSD, run sysinstall -- for 4.{8,9} it's
> /stand/sysinstall, for 5.x it's /usr/sbin/sysinstall, go into the
> Options section, set your installation media to FTP, choose a nearby
> FTP server, then go into the 'Configuration' section and 'Packages'
> within that.  This will download the packages/INDEX from the FTP
> server and give you a fairly easy way to install what packages you
> require.

Hi Matthew

Thank-you very much for your carefully considered reply - I now have a
working system.

With very best regards,

Gavin Hubbard

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