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Date:      Wed, 6 May 2020 10:18:17 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Brandon helsley <>
Cc:        Aryeh Friedman <>, Polytropon <>, "" <>
Subject:   Re: bsd install
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On Tue, 5 May 2020 23:56:35 +0000, Brandon helsley wrote:
> I'm a complete noob, I don't understand any of this.

First you need to know what you're dealing with. :-)

First of all, _what_ is your system connected to? A router or
something like that? One that goes to your ISP, or one that
encloses you into a local network? Then find out if that
device offers DHCP, i. e.,  if it will assign you a local IP
if you ask for it.

Then find out the name of your network interface you use to
connect. Check the output of

	# ifconfig -a

as it will be one of those entries. For every entry, you can
use "man <entry>" to find out what it is. BEside a "lo0" interface
you'll probably only have one or two others. One has an
attribute like "media: Ethernet" and "status: connected".
That's the one you need to configure.

Depending on if you can have DHCP (automatic) or need to
configure things manually - in this case, ask your installation
about _what_ you have to set up -, go to work.


Let's say you network interface is bge0. Edit /etc/rc.conf
and add the following:



That's it.


Get all information you need: my IP, my gateway, my resolver.
Let's assume bge0 again, and your IP is, the
gateway's address is, and it also acts as a name
server (name resolution) with the same IP Edit
/etc/rc.conf and add:

	ifconfig_bge0="inet  netmask 0xffffff00"
Edit /etc/resolv.conf


Again, allow me to point you to the relevant section of the
FreeBSD handbook where this topic is covered.

Keep in mind: You don't have to deal with most things anyway
if you can use DHCP, but it doesn't hurt to know the basics of
networking. ;-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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