Software Manager Configuration
The Update Manager's Configuration button has four tabs, as seen in Figure 6.1.1a:
Figure 6.1.1a: Configuration Tabs in Update Manager
Note: the settings described in this section also affect the installation of PBIs, as described in the Installing a PBI section.
The Mirrors tab allows you to configure which PC-BSD mirror Update Manager connects to in order to check for and install updates to the operating system or installed PBIs. The default selection is to use the default US mirror. Occasionally, this mirror is busy or may not contain the PBI or update that you wish to install. Also, there may be other mirrors that are closer to your geographic location. If you would like to change the default mirror, click the "Select Mirror from list" button and select a mirror from the drop-down list.
If your company maintains its own repository of PBIs or updates, you can select the "Specify a custom mirror" button and input the IP address of the company's server.
The Software tab, seen in Figure 6.1.1b, allows you to configure the following options:
- Automatically update software: check this box if you would like Update Manager to automatically upgrade your PBIs for you whenever an update is available. Otherwise, Update Manager will wait for you to highlight the software you would like to upgrade in the Installed Software tab.
- Automatically create desktop icons: uncheck this box if you don't want a desktop icon to be created whenever you install a PBI.
- Keep downloaded software in temporary directory: check this box if you find yourself uninstalling then reinstalling software or if you want to install the same PBI on several systems. Rather than having to download the PBI each time, you can double-click the saved PBI in Dolphin in order to reinstall it. You can configure the directory that PBIs are saved to using the Misc tab.
Figure 6.1.1b: Sofware Configuration Tab of Update Manager
The System tab, seen in Figure 6.1.1c contains one configuration option:
- Automatically install available updates: check this box if you would like Update Manager to automatically upgrade your operating system for you whenever an update is available. Otherwise, Update Manager will wait for you to highlight the update you would like to apply in the System Updates tab.
Figure 6.1.1c: System Configuration Tab of Update Manager
The Misc tab, seen in Figure 6.1.1d, allows you to specify the temporary file directory that PBIs are saved in if you check the "Keep downloaded software in temporary directory" in the Software tab.
This tab also allows you to configure how often Update Manager connects to the Internet in order to check for updates.