[PC-BSD Testing] 1.4 dev feedback and problems
Charles A. Landemaine
charles at pcbsd.org
Thu Aug 9 02:19:37 PDT 2007
Message posted here: http://forums.pcbsd.org/viewtopic.php?t=9257
This is a copy of an email that I sent the testing mailing list. For some
reason, even though I am subscribed and receive mail from the list, the 4
or 5 emails I have sent never appear. So I thought I would try here.
It time to rouse myself and give a little feedback on the excellent work
that has been done on PC-BSD 1.4 dev.
1. My current most urgent problem is that the 6 August 2007 snapshot does
not detect the hard disk partitions available when opting for a fresh
install. This problem first surfaced on the last snapshot I tried (27 July
2007). Prior to that I had no problems. I was able to install on the
27/07/07 snapshot by selecting System Update/Repair. The disk partitions
were then detected and I backed out and selected Fresh Install and voila
the disk partitions were shown. That trick does not work with the 06/08/07
2. The first 4 or 5 snapshots I tried, I elected to to a System
Update/Repair. I noticed that many of the improvements that I knew should
have been apparent, as I read the SVN Commits mailing list, could not be
seen. For example, icons showing mounted cds on the desktop. It was only
after doing a fresh install that all the improvements started to work. It
was as if the update replaces packages with later versions but leaves
configuration files and scripts untouched.
3. Also the update removes all software that is not part of the default
install. So each time I have to reinstall numerous ports.
4. I use portupgrade-devel to manage my ports. After each upgrade or fresh
install it complains of stale dependencies and requires a pkgdb -F or -O
to fix. Which should I do? I never like the idea of forcing so I have used
pkgdb -F so far. I elect to install stale dependencies and it proceeds to
install ports such as kdewebdev, kdevelop and it's dependancies, mysql
client, postgre sql client, kde-eyes and numerous fonts. It takes a few
hours to do and is probably stuff that I will never use. What does pkgdb
-O do? Or better yet shouldn't the default install have no stale
5. The find faster cvsup server option when downloading source has never
worked for me. It always checks several servers and then hangs.
Overall, I am very happy with PC-BSD and I would like to say a big thank
you to all the developers. Wonderful work!
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