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Date:      Wed, 7 Feb 1996 16:16:14 +1100 (EST)
From:      Anthony Hill <>
To:        Tom Roberts <>
Cc:        FreeBSD <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD 2.1 instructions
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <960207013927_72110.765_CHR207-2@CompuServe.COM>

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On 6 Feb 1996, Tom Roberts wrote:

> I finally got my FreeBSD 2.1 to install with no probs. (MthrBrd BIOS update
> fixed it)
> Where should I look, specifically, for info on how to use the man pages, what 

If you have the man pages installed and working - you type 'man subject', 
try 'man man'.

> other editor to use (not vi), how to configure the PATH environment to include

Well you are going to have to use 'vi' to get a few things done, however 
pico is a good (easy) editor that comes as part of the pine port. (look 
in the ports tree under mail on  (they are also on the CD 
somewhere if you have that.)

> the current dir. in it? 

It is in fact considered a security risk to put the current dir in your 
path, although I feel it does not matter as long as you are not root. 
Just add ./ to your path.

> Also, it seems when I type "X" something happens, the screen goes blank, but I
> see the mouse crosshairs. I have a Diamond Stealth 64 VRAM (w/2MB) S3-964,
> a Samsung 15GLi (31-65kHz Hor.) (50-120Hz Ver.) I put all these in when I
> configured XFree86. What could the prob. be?

Use the script '/usr/X11R6/bin/startx' to start X.

Sounds like you need a good "UNIX for beginners book" - there are lots of 
good ones about. The are also web pages in /usr/local/doc/FAQ , and 
/usr/local/doc/handbook. You will need to install netscape of lynx read 
these properly. The latest versions of the handbook and the FAQ are 
avalible at


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