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Date:      Wed, 6 Dec 1995 11:36:54 -0800 (PST)
From:      Doug White <>
To:        Timothy Brown <tb@MO.NET>
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: A few newbie questions
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSD/.3.91.951206064235.11185A-100000@Walden.MO.NET>

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On Wed, 6 Dec 1995, Timothy Brown wrote:

> 1) How do I configure booteasy?  Is there a config file or program located
>    somewheres?

It should configure itself to your disk systems.  Unfortunately, it 
assumes that your FreeBSD partition is on the first disk only, and thus 
won't boot it.  The OS-BS utility is a smarter boot program and will 
allow you to boot off the second disk.

I personally use the Boot Manager that comes with OS/2 and it works great.

> 2) My post-install broke.  Is there anyway to reinstall (I did it over an FTP
>    14.4k PPP connection) without downloading everything; ie, a  
>    reconfigure of the system?

Nope; just go into sysinstall and select the "configure" option.  

> 3) Let's say I wanted to install DES now that i'm after the fact and running
>    on FreeBSD, how would I do it?

ooh.  That's not a great idea, since it will invalidate all the passwords 
in passwd, ie you won't be able to log in.  We had this problem with 
someone's fbsd box we upgraded to 2.1.  It didn't have des on before, and 
weren't able to log in.  We ended up booting to single user mode to fix 
it, and that is hard if you don't have the manual boot sequence 
memorized.  Anything that used the encryption libraries 
to encrypt something won't be able to decrypt it properly when you 
install DES.

Oh, and I take no responsibility for this failing miserably and 
locking you out.  :-)  I haven't done this procedure myself, I'm guessing 
somewhat.  Somebody want to help me out here...

If you really want to use des, though, grab the file des.aa, rename to 
des.tar.gz, su to root, and extract using `tar xpzf des.tar.gz -C /'.  
Edit your passwd file using vipw and blank out the password fields for 
everyone, including yourself and root.  Reboot and change everyone's 
passwords using passwd <username> as root, and let them know you changed 
them. :-)

It's not a great idea to 'upgrade' to DES on a running system IMHO, and 
the M5 encryption is quite good from what I hear.  But you will need DES
if you're going to run X.  

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

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