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Date:      Wed, 24 Jul 2002 15:08:19 +0100
From:      Kevin Golding <>
To:        Christy Roberts <>
Cc:        "''" <freebsd-newbies@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: Brand new user!
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000001c2330f$da1c29c0$>
References:  <000001c2330f$da1c29c0$>

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Someone, quite probably Christy Roberts, once wrote:
>We're trying to set up a phpBB bulletin board on our website (which
>doesn't actually exist yet haha), that will use MySQL as the back end.
>We received an Apache server from tech services that has FreeBSD already
>installed on it.  And we're on our own now!  I just burned MySQL and
>phpBB onto a CD and am going to try to install them on the server.  
>I have never used unix before nor do I have any experience working with
>servers or hardware.  I'm a software developer YIKES!  Does anyone have
>any tips or hints for me?  I would really appreciate this as I have no
>idea where to begin YIKES! :)

Ports are your friends :-)

Having a vague idea about the ports system will *really* make your life
easier.  You'll find all you need to know at <URL: http://www.freebsd.or
g/doc/handbook/ports.html > but basically it reduces installing
something like MySQL into easy steps like:

# cd /usr/ports/database/mysql323-server
# make
# make install
# make clean

Btw, you should also look at /usr/ports/www/phpbb

In terms of managing ports etc. you need cvsup and portupgrade, both can
be installed form the ports or with a simple:

# pkg_add -r cvsup
# pkg_add -r portupgrade

For both you can read the handbook at <URL:
andbook/ > or pay a visit to <URL: > where
things are explained in a more informal manner.


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