Leaning FreeBSD

Allen bsd_atog at comcast.net
Fri Sep 30 06:00:39 UTC 2016

On Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:39:22 -0700
"Jason C. Wells" <jasoncwells at fastmail.com> wrote:

> You need networking up and your DNS servers in /etc/resolv.conf.
> Try 'ping pkg.freebsd.org'. If that doesn't work, then fetching
> packages will certainly not work.

> Also, it appears that you were not running as root. You need to run
> root to install software.
> Regards,
> Jason C. Wells
> On 9/23/2016 1:34 PM, Doug wrote:
> > in “y”, press enter key and that returns:
> > Bootstrapping pkg

Sorry for bottom posting but I'm having hardware issues and I wanted to
pop in for a second; I looked at the OP (Original Post / Poster since
you're new and may actually have a life ;) ) and I saw something about
them saying that changing to root said denied, and I'm curious what was
meant by it.

Did you have problems changing to root? Or did you get the same error
AS root?

if I'm logged in to my regular account, similar to this:

gore at MyMachineWithSomeInfo>

Which may not look the same because I personally like Zsh, which is my
default for almost every account on my machine because I like it (The
setup tool that runs when you first use it is not only easy to use,
it's easy to set up, and it has a lot of features, and, in general, I
use Zsh no matter what OS I'm currently using because it works on Linux
just as well, and my Slackware and Debian and SuSE and other Linux
distros I use all have it.... Sorry didn't mean to make an Ad for Zsh
but I really like that it can do the same stuff as Bash without me
being forced to give credit to MIT instead of Berkeley lol) Anyway,
depending on your Unix based ability, this is what I do:

gore at ZshAndBSDZealot:> su
Enter Root Password......Done....
And Now I'm root, and can do whatever I like. 

When I first started using Non-Windows OSs, one of the things that used
to piss me off pretty well, was getting used to the idea that the
hardware companies that had made most of my parts, never thought I'd
ever actually need REAL Hardware, that doesn't use my CPU. My Modem,
Sound Card..... All of it wouldn't work unless I was using
Windows....And not just any version, but the Windows 98SE with the
drivers on the CD version my box came with, and at the time I had Dial
Up, so until I got a High speed connection using a NIC (Network Card
for those of you with lives ;) ) I basically could boot any of the OSs
I had installed, but Sound, Internet, and even Video that wasn't choppy
and lagging, were not options for me until I went and bought actual

From what I saw in the OP, it looked like they weren't online, so if
you're trying to learn FreeBSD, first, take a Breath, relax for a
moment, and check that your hardware is all working as expected, and
make sure that whatever connection you've got to the net, is working
under BSD, and if you are online, that's good, but then you just need
to check that you're root, and that everything is working there. If
not, then you have either HOURS of Google ahead, or, a new Hardware
Purchase to consider.

I went with both; I Googled Hardware that worked under more than just
Windows, and more than just Linux. For me personally, I'm considering a
Company that specializes in BSD because right now, I don't even use my
Linux installs anymore, I've been using nothing but FreeBSD for MONTHS.

Anyway, I clearly remember my problems with getting used to OSs I
hadn't used before, and I saw the post and wanted to try to help, and
from the OP, there seemed to be a few things that could be the issue.

Don't let it bother you though; FreeBSD is one of the ONLY OSs that
really will do exactly what you tell it to do and nothing more. So
don't get discouraged and Hopefully you get through the initial
learning curve without frustration.


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