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Date:      Mon, 25 Nov 1996 15:20:37 -0800 (PST)
From:      Doug White <>
Subject:   Re: Loading packages
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On Thu, 21 Nov 1996 wrote:

> Thank you, Doug for your help in getting the system up and running. But
> now...
> I am trying to get specific packages from FTP6 and install them. The
> sysinstall utility does not seem to find anything (INDEX or lynx-2.FM) no
> matter where I put them. (In the freebsd directory, packages, etc. -- all DOS
> partition.)

Here is the problem.  The DOS filesystem munges the filenames, and pkg_add
gets confused.  Once you get the system installed: 

1.  Mount your DOS partition with:

mount -t msdos /dev/wd? /mnt

Replace ? with the device number that the DOS partition is on.  It may
already be mounted on /dos as well; you can just type 'mount' to check.

2.  Copy the files from the DOS partition to the FreeBSD partition,
restoring the original filename.  The original would be something like
pine-3.95.tgz, while in DOS it may be PINE-3.95. 

3.  Run 'pkg_add package.tgz' as root to add the package.

> Do you have a straightforward suggestion for getting specific files via ftp
> through my DOS client and then installing them on the FreeBSD partition? I'm
> especially interested in the HTML browser to aid in reading all the
> documentation provided and now on the unix partition.

That is more difficult.  Once you get lynx installed (through the package)
you can view this documentation.  To be honest, the same (if not more
current) information is available at

> The other question is shutting down. I get error messages on boot that tell
> me the last session was terminated without clean flags being set.
> Suggestions?

Are you running 'shutdown -r now'?  Never, never just turn off the
machine.  It plays havoc with the filesystems.

> I know this seems rudimentary, but until I can get to the manual pages and
> FAQs and get read up (in the O'reilly & Assoc. books -- great suggestion,
> thanks) I'm just too rusty to remember all this and really appreciate your
> help.

You're quite welcome.  The books are the single best way to get up to
speed on a lot of this.  The O'Reilly books are the best I've found and
make excellent references.  

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:    | Residence Networking Assistant    | Computer Science Major

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