FreeBSD install man, info pages and other package set

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When you perform FreeBSD 6.x minimal installation, it skips additional distribution sets such as man and info pages. Man and info page offers extensive documentation.


It is very easy to add man or info pages to FreeBSD post installation. You need to use tool called sysinstall. The sysinstall utility is the pre and post installation application provided by the FreeBSD. It is console based and is divided into a number of menus and screens that you can use to configure and control the installation process. It can be use to install packages very easily:

Install man pages

a) Login as root user

b) Type the following command:

# /usr/sbin/sysinstall

Please note that if you are using FreeBSD old version such as 5.0 use /stand/sysinstall command (path is changed):
# /stand/sysinstall

c) The sysinstall menu system is controlled by the arrow keys, Enter, Space, and other keys. Select menu option as follows:

Configure > Distributions > Select Man and Info by press space bar > Ok

Now select man and info pages.

When prompted for to choose Installation media select either CD or FTP/HTTP.

Select FTP site and it will start to installation.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

6 comment

  1. After having toyed with FreeBSD 5 I was wondering what had happened to sysinstall and obviously I couldn’t rtfm!

  2. I have FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE-p4, when Select FTP site and it will start to installation,
    sее Can’t find the `7.2-RELEASE-p4′, How can you be?

  3. I have the same problem. I have FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE-p4 and when I select FTP site it says Can’t find the `7.2-RELEASE-p4′. So I can’t install man pages and info through sysinstall. What I have to do to fix it?

  4. lykich, kalim, when you choose a source to install from, go to Options and remove “-p#” from Release Name. After succesful install change Release Name back.

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