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Old 04-04-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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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 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?
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150 views and no replies... i guess netbsd really is dead.
Old 04-16-2012, 04:47 PM   #3
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150 views and no replies... i guess netbsd really is dead.
You might have better luck trying some BSD forums or pkgsrc mailing list.

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 and pkgsrc tree.

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.

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Old 04-16-2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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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.

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:

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.)
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