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I really find that using bash helps a lot, when you need to retrieve strings of text that you used previously.

But how can I install it on FreeBSD?

I have tried typing bash into the terminal, but that returns the error: bash: not found

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Assuming you have the ports tree installed, it's as easy as

cd /usr/ports/shells/bash
make all install clean

If you don't have the ports tree, just do this:

portsnap fetch extract

and then try again. You'll need to periodically update the ports tree:

portsnap fetch update

EDIT

As pointed out by sr_ in a comment, FreeBSD also offers precompiled binary packages of many (most, but not all) ports. In practice, while they usually offer a faster install, I find the pkg_* tools don't handle installing dependencies as well as the ports system, so it can sometimes take a few goes to get everything working. However, it's well worth looking at pkg_add and friends.

There is a new poject under way, called pkgng, which aims to address the problems with the current pkg_* tools. It's still fairly new, but it looks good.

  • Thank you, I have just tried that now, and I do need the ports tree - which is currently "fetching". – Kevdog777 Jul 19 '12 at 12:59
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    There're also binary packages, i.e. pkg_add -r bash should suffice... (see this for more (maybe slightly dated) information) – sr_ Jul 19 '12 at 13:00
  • @sr_ - good point. My first recourse is always to ports, so I seldom even think about precompiled packages. – D_Bye Jul 19 '12 at 13:03
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    To make this bash binary your default shell run chsh -s /usr/local/bin/bash as the user you want to change the shell for. – Tim Jul 19 '12 at 13:34
  • This also works for zsh. – Sildoreth Apr 14 '15 at 20:16

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