how can i install gnome2 through console

Adam J Richardson fatman at
Fri Nov 9 03:48:42 PST 2007

James A. Harrison wrote:
>> On Wed, 2007-10-24 at 23:06 +0900, Byung-Hee HWANG wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2007-10-24 at 12:30 +0200, Ananias Uushona wrote:
>>>> I was installing gnome2 through x interface but I realize that its
>>> very hard
>>>> especially to beginners but I got it right is that I did n't have the
>>>> hardware names and specifications right now I want to do it
>>> automatically so
>>>> it can detect the automatically so where do I begin to install it
>>> through
>>>> console should I remove xorg packages or what first
>>> Please use pkg_add/pkg_delete instead of ports. It's very easy. That's
>>> all the way I install/remove gnome2. Of course it works through console.
>> Ananias,
>> For install, at the command prompt type this command as root:
>> pkg_add -v -r gnome2-lite
> However! There is a caveat here.
> I'd say, sure, use pkg_add at first, because it's simple. However, bear in
> mind that ports exist. And also bear in mind that you cannot mix packages
> and ports, unless you want an inconsistent system.
> Ports are well worth learning. I remember when I started using them, they
> were confusing. But after I got used to them, I never, ever used/use
> anything other than ports. They start making sense after a while ;)

I agree with James. I use portinstall which makes compiling everything a 
snap. Other people prefer different methods though. Compiling something 
large like Gnome takes a while, though. If you don't have the time go 
with packages.

One thing that does bug me about the compiling process is that just 
occasionally distcc will throw a wobbler about something and I have no 
clue how to fix it. :^) I think perhaps distcc is just a little buggy. 
But that's a thread for another mailing list.

Ananias [hi, by the way!], just to answer your question, do not remove 
Xorg as you will need it to support Gnome.

Adam J Richardson

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