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FreeBSD: Mixing packages and ports?

I would like to build the newest port of Firefox (version 4.0.1,1). I currently have the package version installed (3.6.13). How well does the packages/port system handle mixing ports and packages? ...
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Is there a port list migration command set for FreeBSD?

On debianized linux distros there is dpkg --get-selections, dpkg --set-selections, dpkg -C to respectively list installed packages, select a list of packages for installations, and list packages that ...
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Cloud Server: Which MTA (exim/postfix/etc.) on What OS (Linux/FreeBSD)

My company wants to migrate the current mail server into a Cloud Server Provider. The Provider is the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) kind, not SaaS (Software as a Service). That means I have to ...
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How can I avoid the prompts when installing a FreeBSD port?

When I install a port, I am often presented with a menu screen to select configuration options. If I'm going to install a really big package with lots of dependencies, that will be extremely ...
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[FreeBSD] rc.conf, loader.conf vs static kernel linking

I'm curious: What, exactly are the benefits to statically linking modules into the kernel rather than loading through rc.conf, etc? For example: To add linux emulation, I could add ...
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best BSD distro for Desktop PCs? [closed]

I want to know if the bsd distros are for the desktop usage at all If yes; What is the Best bsd distro for desktop usage some thing like ubuntu linux which is easy to use and good GUI management ...
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How can I switch one user to another in Freebsd?

How can I switch one user to another in Freebsd? For examples, I am user david now and I want to change to user Bob. This is a personal OS for my study. not a server. I searched it, but only got ...
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FreeBSD: Opening X applications after su to root?

Using FreeBSD 8.2. I'm accessing my machine over vnc using tightvnc. I log in as my normal user. This is okay. I can open X applications and they display fine. Then I su to root and they won't ...
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FreeBSD 8.1 on MacBook 5,2

I've been trying to dual-boot FreeBSD 8.1 with Mac OS X on my MacBook (5,2), but am having trouble trying to get the live cd to boot. I reach the FreeBSD Boot Loader Screen with the options for boot, ...
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Why root's default shell is configured differently with other normal user account's default shell?

As I know, root's default shell is configured csh and normal user's default shell is sh in FreeBSD. And in Ubuntu, root is dash, normal user is bash. (refer: What's the Ubuntu's default shell?) Why ...
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Calculate the date from 1125 days ago on non-GNU systems?

On the Unix Bash commandline, I want to calculate the date from 1125 days ago using the base operating system (e.g. No Perl or Python). On systems running GNU Date, I can do something like this: ...
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Where can I find a log file that logs ports error messages in FreeBSD?

I looked in /var/log/ but there isn't any log files that records ports log, and I just found this person asking the same thing in other forum and get an answer which stating there is no such file. If ...
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Share Internet connection from a Debian laptop to a FreeBSD desktop

I have this situation: My Debian laptop is connected to the Internet via its wlan interface through my wireless router. Recently I decided to install FreeBSD on a very old machine (a celeron 300Mhz) ...
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where to start open-source work? [closed]

This one got closed: freeBSD or linux or something else? But I have a sincere question here. I want to know from the pros what is better for a newbie to start working on. I want to learn/contribute. ...
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Is there a simple flag to prevent installing X and anything that depends on it via ports?

I'm running FreeBSD in a small VMWare image and I want to keep it headless. Is there a setting someplace that will guarantee I never pull in X as a dependency, or will I have to rely solely on eternal ...
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How do I setup Alpine to connect my Gmail account using IMAP?

I am using FreeBSD 8.1 and just installed Alpine email client. I wonder if anybody knows how to setup Alpine to get mail from a Gmail account using IMAP.
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How do I find where a port is?

If I want to find out which directory under /usr/ports contains a port like "gnome-terminal", how can I do that? Is there an easy command? At the moment I use things like echo */gnome-terminal ...
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Invalid greeting from server

I'm trying to csup and i'm getting "Invalid greeting from server" su-3.2# /usr/bin/csup -z -h cvsup.freebsd.org /usr/share/examples/cvsup/standard-supfile Connected to 72.233.193.64 Invalid greeting ...