LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Other *NIX Forums > *BSD
User Name
Password
*BSD This forum is for the discussion of all BSD variants.
FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, etc.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 04-04-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
twelvenine
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2006
Posts: 72

Rep: Reputation: 16
newbie netbsd questions


I've just installed NetBSD and I'm grokking it, but I still have a few questions about using pkgsrc that I couldn't find answers to in the official docs.

1. are you generally supposed to change to csh when installing stuff? root's default shell is sh, but the .cshrc file had a nice comment in it for setting the PKG_PATH variable.

2. how do the cool netbsd kids browse packages and install them? Right now, I'm index browsing ftp.netbsd.org with firefox to see what packages are available, then I use pkg_add to install what I want. So, if i wanted to install emacs-23.3nb14.tgz, I would do something like: "pkg_add emacs-23.3n*". This is annoying when there are multiple versions of a package because I don't know which one is recommended and I have to type more. There's got to be an easier way to do this, right?
 
Old 04-06-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
twelvenine
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2006
Posts: 72

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 16
150 views and no replies... i guess netbsd really is dead.
 
Old 04-16-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
Awayness
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2011
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by twelvenine View Post
150 views and no replies... i guess netbsd really is dead.
You might have better luck trying some BSD forums or pkgsrc mailing list.
netbsd.org/community/

IIRC, I always built my packages from pkgsrc, so I can't help with question 1, and I've used primarily linux recently so memory is rusty, though I hope to get back to NetBSD soon again.

I've browsed packages with help of both pkgsrc.se and pkgsrc tree.

Edit:
Question 1: Reading another forum jogged my memory and quick check on my NetBSD box confirmed it, you can find PKG_PATH in your .profile too, so it should work also with ksh.

Last edited by Awayness; 04-16-2012 at 03:54 PM. Reason: additional details
 
Old 04-16-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
anomie
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Texas
Distribution: RHEL, Scientific Linux, Debian, Fedora, Lubuntu, FreeBSD
Posts: 3,930
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Wish I could help. I ran NetBSD on an ancient notebook a couple years back, and freakin' loved it. I believe I knew the answer to your question then, but it's long been overwritten by new data.

I'll second the recommendation for using NetBSD's mailing list. I got quick support there several times.

http://www.netbsd.org/mailinglists/

As mentioned, you probably want pkgsrc-users or netbsd-users.

-------

One other idea: there's a forum I was active on some time ago that has a small (but very sharp) membership:

http://www.daemonforums.org/

There seemed to be a couple heavy-duty NetBSD guys around (at least while I was there).

-------

Finally, NetBSD is certainly not dead. It just doesn't enjoy the same level of advocacy or activity as some other OSes. (I'm glad to see you are giving it a try.)
 
1 members found this post helpful.
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ati video card questions. on NetBSD DiSGuiZ *BSD 1 03-27-2006 11:17 AM
NetBSD Newbie noparking247 *BSD 2 02-20-2005 03:11 PM
A Few Newbie Questions keep667 Linux - Newbie 13 01-12-2004 01:04 PM
NetBSD newbie hexe_2003 *BSD 1 10-16-2003 04:08 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:28 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration