Installing FreeBSD ver. 8.2

Frank Shute frank at
Sun Jan 8 16:59:56 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jan 08, 2012 at 12:32:25AM +0100, Polytropon wrote:
> On Sat,  7 Jan 2012 15:05:55 -0800 (PST), leeoliveshackelford at wrote:
> > (1)  Does anyone know how to get FreeBSD to read the
> > motherboard name?  This name, on an xw4400, starts with
> > "HP" followed by a eleven digits, and is given in Windows
> > XP as "Full Computer Name" on the "Computer Name" tab
> > of the "System Properties" window.  Among other purposes,
> > this name is used by Novell network operating system to
> > distinguish hosts on a subnet.
> The OS provides the output of dmesg and maybe the
> output of pciconf -lv, as well as the sysctl value
> dev.acpi.0.%desc which may contain the required
> information. However, I'm sure there is a program
> in the ports collection that can be used to obtain
> that kind of information.
> Try:
> 	dmesg | grep "HP"
> 	sysctl -a | grep "HP"
> 	pciconf -lv | less
> and see if there's such a number mentioned. Maybe
> you can also use acpidump to retrieve that information
> from the ACPI datasets.
> > (2)  I cannot get the "find" command to locate files
> > that I believe were installed at the time of sysinstall. 
> > If I understand the Handbook correctly, when one runs
> > "find" from the "/" directory, it is supposed to inspect
> > all directories and subdirectories of all partitions,
> > which it is not doing.  What concept am I missing here?
> It would be easier to answer if you could provide
> the find command line you've been running. :-)
> See "man find" for more information. Basically,
> "find / -name <namespec> -type f" should be sufficient
> to access all partitions currently mounted to search
> for <namespec> specified regular files.
> > (3)  I thought that I would obtain a better understanding
> > of the file system by running "man heir."  This command
> > runs fine under "sh."  When I switch to my preferred shell,
> > which is "bash," I type, and receive echo on the screen,
> > "man hei."  As soon as I depress "r," the entire previously
> > entered command echos to the screen, starting where the
> > "r" should have appeared.  In checking the bash manual, it
> > says that this response is correct for "control-r."  I
> > could not find "non-shift-r" to be called out as a command. 
> > Am I doing something wrong?  Is this a hardware bug?  Is
> > this a software bug?  Is there something that needs to be
> > defined or undefined in a configuration file?  
> No, bash's configuration files provided after install
> should be fine.
> However, I think you have a typo. The command you're
> intending to run is "man hier" ("hierarchy"). I've
> tested both csh and bash here, both allow the command
> to be entered without any interruption. When I type
> "man hei" followed by Ctrl+R, I get the following
> output: "(reverse-i-search)`': man hei".
> > (4)  Not having very good luck with the "find" command,
> > I thought I would try to use the "locate" command. 
> > To use this command, one must create a database. 
> > On, I read that this database
> > could be constructed by running the command
> > "#usr/libexec/locate.updatedb." 
> The required task is usually executed by the system's
> "night job" at 3:00 once a week. The script that will
> be run is /etc/periodic/weekly/310.locate which you
> could run manually. It will deal with the correct
> call of /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb (instead of
> running it as root!).

The thing to run is periodic(8):

# periodic weekly

That will also update other useful stuff.




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