No pkg(8) database found! 11.0-RELEASE DVD based setup. What next?

Cody Swanson freebsd at
Tue Dec 13 19:58:33 UTC 2016

I'm not familiar with GUI pkg management in FreeBSD as I don't use X on any of my FreeBSD hosts however TrueOS has a GUI for package management. TrueOS is the new name for PC-BSD which is a distribution of FreeBSD targeted at desktop/laptop users. You may be able to install the TrueOS/PCBSD package management gui on FreeBSD or you may want to simply install TrueOS. That's what I chose for my daughter's laptop.

----- On Dec 13, 2016, at 12:37 PM, Harry Schmalzbauer freebsd at wrote:

> Hello,
> my doughter get's her first laptop for christmas.
> While preparing, I went the same way I did about 18 years ago with
> FreeBSD 3.0, when I was new to FreeBSD and was amazed about the success
> rate.
> Needless to mention that usually I build my own packages and have decent
> datacenter infrastructure in our company...
> But I'm failing using bsdconfig(8) :-(
> My simple question is: How do I install FreeBSD packages offline?
> I want to try out regular X11-related packages like KDE or LXDE... In a
> way my 12 year old doughter can follow.
> No REPOS_DIR, no pkg(8) cli (how could she know what software there is?!).
> Simply a curses based GUI to select packages for installation.
> Is this another pkg(8) fallout?
> No way for beginners to get a graphical system?
> Thanks,
> -Harry
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