Removal of sysinstall from HEAD and lack of a post-install configuration tool

Pedro Giffuni pfg at
Thu Dec 29 21:38:21 UTC 2011

--- Gio 29/12/11, Chris Rees <crees at> ha scritto:

> > FWIW;
> >
> > I have practically given up on installing FreeBSD
> lately
> > and I mostly use PC-BSD. I mainly see two big issues:
> >
> > -X.Org has become very difficult to install. Setting
> up
> > hald and friends, not to mention that you have to
> > choose carefully your hardware previously. It's a
> > nightmare.
> I've not found that... installing xorg-drivers with the
> correct options is hassle-free... have you posted these
> problems to -x11@?

Hmm.. I think it was 8.2 and " -configure" didn't
give me a working screen, and then I discovered I had to
be using hald, it was painful and I starting keeping a
copy of my working configuration in a USB mem. TBH the
-x11 guys were really doing their own homework keeping up
with linux and I was able to find out the information on
the net.

I use the nvidia driver, no idea what people with ATI
cards do.

> > - I am OK with sysinstall disappearing: however it
> was
> > nice to have all the setup tools in one place. How am
> > I supposed to install prebuilt packages (and the
> myriad
> > of dependencies) from now on? Ports are cool but
> having
> > to wait to rebuild gcc to be able to use scilab is a
> > nonsense.
> Use packages, we do do them!

Of course, but no idea how to use them without
sysinstall's post-install configuration screen: it
was just too easy.

I hope I don't have to start downloading manually all
the prepackaged dependencies (I still do that with
Java and it's not nice).


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