Convert a FreeBSD System to PC-BSD®/10.0

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Switching to the PC-BSD® pkgng Repository

This section demonstrates how to configure a FreeBSD 10.0 system to use the PC-BSD® pkgng Repository. Once this configuration is complete, you can then convert that FreeBSD system to either a PC-BSD® desktop or server as described in the next two sections.

Start by creating the file /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/pcbsd.conf with the following contents:

pcbsd: { url: "", signature_type: "fingerprints", fingerprints: "/usr/local/etc/pkg/fingerprints/pcbsd", enabled: true }

Next, create the following directories:

mkdir /usr/local/etc/pkg/fingerprints/pcbsd/revoked

Then, download the repository's fingerprint file from public fingerprint file[1], and copy it to /usr/local/etc/pkg/fingerprints/pcbsd/trusted/.

The system is now configured and you now update your packages to the latest versions from the pkgng repository using the following command:

pkg upgrade -fy                                                                 

Depending upon what is already installed, you may have to resolve some error messages in order to successfully upgrade all packages.

To install and delete packages, use the pkg command as described in Section 5.5.3 of the FreeBSD Handbook[2].

An existing FreeBSD 10.0 installation can be easily converted to either a PC-BSD® desktop or server through the installation of a package which is available from the PC-BSD® package repository. The converted desktop will contain all of the graphical utilities that come with PC-BSD® and the converted server will contain all of their command line equivalents.

Converting FreeBSD to a PC-BSD® Desktop

To convert a FreeBSD system into a PC-BSD® desktop, install the following port as the superuser:

cd /usr/ports/sysutils/pcbsd-utils-qt4                                                       make install clean

If the ports collection is not yet installed, meaning that the above directory does not exist, install it by typing portsnap fetch extract. You can then run the above commands. Once the port compile is complete, run the following commands to extract the installed desktop:


pbreg set /PC-BSD/SysType PCBSD pc-extractoverlay desktop

pc-extractoverlay ports

Next, reboot the system and the PC-BSD® login manager will start, allowing you to login to the desktop. If you want to set the PC-BSD® display wizard and first boot wizards to run first, run these commands before rebooting:

touch /var/.runxsetup                                                           

touch /var/.pcbsd-firstboot

touch /var/.pcbsd-firstgui

If you are running FreeBSD 10-CURRENT, specify the PBI version to pull from. To do so, edit /usr/local/etc/pbi.conf and add this line:

PBI_FBSDMAJOR: 9                                                                
NOTE: If you are using NVIDIA video hardware, load the driver before rebooting into the display wizard by running the command pc-metapkgmanager add NVIDIA.

Converting FreeBSD to a TrueOS® Server

If you wish to convert a FreeBSD server to TrueOS®, install the server package instead, then extract the installed utilities:

pkg install pcbsd-utils                                                     

rehash pbreg set /PC-BSD/SysType TRUEOS pc-extractoverlay server

pc-extractoverlay ports

These steps will install the following: PBI Manager, the command line version of warden, and the command line versions of most of the Control Panel utilities. You will find those utilities in /usr/local/bin/pc-*. It also installs these additional shells and utilities[3].


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