I was trying to install a package using pkg add, but I got the reply that

package manager not installed

To install that I used:

tar -C /tmp -zvxf pkg-1.2.1_1.txz

and then:

/tmp/usr/local/sbin/pkg-static pkg-1.2.1_1.txz

It worked out for the first time. But when I rebooted my PC I got an error:

error exit delayed from previous errors

How to install package manager from FreeBSD installation DVD now?

  • I may be wrong but isn't "pkg" standard install on FreeBSD10? I don't use packages, only ports but you shouldn't be installing the package manager that way. Instead you should use ports or the current package manager.
    – Rob
    Apr 12, 2014 at 14:28
  • Even i am not sure of "pkg" being standad installation. But when i dont have the acess to internet installing from the DVD is the only option, no? Apr 12, 2014 at 14:31
  • Yes. Is portmaster installed? You can do 'portmaster -L|grep pkg' to see if pkg is installed.
    – Rob
    Apr 12, 2014 at 14:32
  • I know wether pkg is installed or not because whenever i try to install xorg using "pkg add xorg-7.7.txz" i get a reply that "package manager not installed. Do you want to install it [Yes/No]" Apr 12, 2014 at 14:36
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    found out that pkg needs to get an update. So managed to get access to internet and updates pkg. now it works fine. Apr 16, 2014 at 15:30

2 Answers 2


If you have an internet connection, you can install pkg using pkg bootstrap. This invokes pkg-static, fetches and installs the package manager as a binary package.

If you do not want to install a binary package, you can go ahead and build ports-mgmt/pkg from the ports tree (http://www.freshports.org/ports-mgmt/pkg):

cd /usr/ports/ports-mgmt/pkg  # adjust to where your ports tree is
make install

You just need

tar -C / -zvxf pkg-1.2.1_1.txz

Yes, remove the tmp from the path. Because everything in /tmp will be delete after rebooting.

So when you extract the package to / , the file will reside in:


And it will work.

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