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Date:      Wed, 21 Jan 2009 04:50:33 +0100
From:      Peter Ulrich Kruppa <>
Subject:   Re: Newbie: offline package use / XFCE.
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Thomas W. Holloway schrieb:
> I would like to install XFCE on a FreeBSD 7.1 box that is and will 
> remain (for now) offline. No network connection at all. If I have read 
> correctly, this means downloading the appropriate package(s) and using 
> pkg_add. So far, so good (I haven't done it, but it seems clear enough).
The simpliest way would be to install from one of the three 
Release-CD's or from the Release-DVD (via /usr/sbin/sysinstall).
But I have no idea if XFCE4 is contained in them. Perhaps someone 
could look this up for you?



> The package for XFCE4, as listed here
> is a "meta-port" (I believe I understand the idea), which seems to have 
> about one hundred (100) dependencies. Of course, some of those will have 
> dependencies of their own, and so on. My question is this:
> In order to "download/ftp the package" for XFCE4, I would have to obtain 
> all hundred (or so) of the listed files _and_ any dependencies they may 
> have so as to point pkg_add at them locally. Is this correct?  If not 
> correct, what have I missed (a pointer to what I've missed should be 
> sufficient).
> I've also looked at it from the XFCE side, where there is a nice, 
> detailed doc by Benedikt Meurer, here
> This strongly implies that I can bypass the pkg_add procedure entirely. 
> Might be worth trying, but I'd still like to know if I've understood 
> what the package listing above is saying.
> Editorial comment and/or general advice on XFCE is not unwelcome. It's 
> just secondary to the question.
> Thanks in advance, and
> regards,
> Tom Holloway.
> PS: I almost forgot the traditional "PLEASE HELP!!!"   ;)  But this is 
> not for work and I am not on any deadline whatever.
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