How do I download an older version of PDF Handbook

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Fri Feb 3 04:21:37 PST 2006

Eric Schultz <eric at> writes:

> I don't have access to my FBSD machine right now, only my WinXP
> machine; and I'd like to get an older version of the Handbook that
> matches my FBSD machine (4.7, but lets say 4-STABLE).  I've Googled,
> Gmaned, visited the ftp site and browed the CVS web interface
> (thinking I might find RELENG_4 SGML source) without any success.
> I would prefer a PDF version but I suppose I could follow the steps to
> generate one from the SGML ('cept I have to be able to get the SGML
> version from my WinXP box).

A newer version of the Handbook won't necessarily have less information
relevant to your system; just more information relevant to later

I suppose the easiest way to do it would be to extract it from the docs
collection of an install disk.  You'll need a tar program for your
Windows box and a program that understands the compression scheme used
on the tarball.  The tarball is split(1) into a bunch of files for
packaging convenience, but I think the Windows "copy" command can handle

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