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 Panel → System Manager or by typing pc-sysmanager. You will be prompted to input your password.

General Tab

The "General" tab, shown in Figure 8.8a, 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
Figure 8.8a: General Tab of System Manager Utility

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 when reporting a bug.

Tasks Tab

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 8.8b.

Figure 8.8b: Tasks Tab of the System Manager Utility

This tab provides a graphical interface for installing system source (using svn) or the ports tree (using portsnap).

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.

If you click the “Fetch Ports Tree” button, a message will indicate that ports are being fetched and will indicate when this is complete by adding a “Finished!” message to the lower left corner of the message. Ports will be installed to /usr/ports/.

Misc Tab

Figure 8.8c: Misc Tab of the System Manager Utility

The "Misc" tab of System Manager is seen in Figure 8.8c.

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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