System Manager/9.2

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This section describes the various tasks that can be performed using the graphical System Manager utility. System Manager can be accessed from Control PanelSystem Manager or by typing pc-sysmanager.


Generating a Diagnostic Report

System Manager, shown in Figure 8.7a, is launched by clicking Control PanelSystem Manager. You will have to input the administrative password to allow the System Manager window to open.

Figure 8.7a: General Tab of System Manager Utility



The General tab displays the following system information:

  • the version of PC-BSD®
  • the version of the underlying FreeBSD base
  • the CPU type and speed
  • the amount of physical memory

The Generate button can be used to create a report that includes the following items:

  • the output of the dmesg command, which shows messages from the kernel
  • the last few lines of the /var/log/messages log file
  • the output of the pciconf -lv command, which lists all the devices that were found when the system booted
  • your X configuration file, which shows your display settings
  • your /etc/rc.conf file, which shows your startup settings
  • your /boot/loader.conf file, which shows which drivers are loaded at boot time
  • the output of the command df -m, which shows your amount of free disk space
  • a listing from the top command, which shows the currently running processes

When you click the Generate button, you will be prompted to input the name and location of the text file that will be created. Since it is a text file, you can view its contents in any text editor. When troubleshooting your system, this file is handy to include in your txt=Missing Link[1] post or txt=Missing Link[2] message.

Setting an Update Mirror

The Mirrors tab of System Manager, seen in Figure 8.7b, allows you to configure which PC-BSD® mirror is used in order to check for and install updates to the operating system or installed PBIs. The default selection is to use the closest geographic mirror. Occasionally, this mirror is busy or may not contain the PBI or update that you wish to install. To change the default mirror, click the "Select Mirror from list" button and select a mirror from the drop-down list.

Figure 8.7b: Mirrors Tab of the System Manager Utility


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.

Install/Uninstall Desktops and System Components

During the installation of PC-BSD® you had an opportunity to install desktops and system components. Should you wish to review these components, install missing components, or remove installed components, you can do so in the System Packages tab of System Manager, shown in Figure 8.7c:

Figure 8.7c: Available Components in System Manager


Check the boxes for the components that you wish to install, uncheck the boxes for the components that you wish to remove, then click the Apply button to perform the requested operations.

This page contains a brief description of the available components.

Install FreeBSD Source and Ports

During the installation of PC-BSD® you had an opportunity to install FreeBSD source and ports. If you did not and wish to do so after installation, use the Tasks tab of System Manager, shown in Figure 8.7d:

Figure 8.7d: Tasks Tab of the System Manager Utility


This tab can be used to fetch system source or the ports tree.

If you click the "Fetch System Source" button, a progress screen will indicate that sources are being downloaded to /usr/src. Once the download is complete, a "Finished!" message will appear and you can click the Close button to exit this screen.

Set Miscellaneous Options

The Misc tab of System Manager is seen in Figure 8.7e:

Figure 8.7e: Misc Tab of the System Manager Utility


The Boot Screen section of this tab allows you to configure whether or not the PC-BSD® splash image appears during boot and the language of the splash screen. Uncheck this box if you prefer to watch the boot messages instead of the splash image. Localized versions of the PC-BSD® splash screen are installed in the /usr/local/share/pcbsd/splash-screens/ directory. If you click the Custom button, you can browse to the location of a customized splash screen.

NOTE: the splash screen must be an txt=Missing Link[3] 256-color image in the bitmap (txt=Missing Link[4]) or ZSoft PCX (txt=Missing Link[5]) format. However, this GUI will not accept a bitmap image. Further information can be found at the txt=Missing Link[6].

The Other Options section of this tab contains a checkbox to "Force IBUS keyboard input." Check this box if you wish to to input Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Indic characters using a Latin keyboard.


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