[PC-BSD Testing] PBI's and re0

Bill Leeper protagonist at charter.net
Mon May 26 14:06:51 PDT 2008

The installer and the desktop seem to be working fine here. Other than 
the initial problem I had with it hanging up until I unplugged my USB 
mouse I have had no problems with that part of it. I will try 
reinstalling in a couple of days with the mouse plugged into the same 
port and see if it is still happening.

This reply is coming from Thunderbird in the Alpha. I complied it from 
ports with only one minor problem. And I might add I had the same 
problem with Firefox. After compiling and installing neither one 
appeared in the menu structure right off. With Firefox it finally just 
appeared and with Thunderbird it finally showed up after I started 
typing its name in the menu search box. After that is shows up in the 
menu every time.

Kris Moore wrote:
> Tim is correct here. Most PBIs will NOT work on the new Alpha-7 ISO, 
> since the jump from FreeBSD 6.x to FreeBSD 7 breaks binary 
> compatibility. I've included the compat6x port, but that isn't 
> foolproof, and as you are seeing, not all PBIs run properly on PCBSD7. 
> Among other things, this is due in part to some changes to threading on 
> 7, which is incompatible with 6.x binaries.
> That being said, the purpose of this alpha ISO is to test the installer, 
> and desktop itself at the moment. We have a couple of new build servers 
> in the works right now, and when they come online, we will "re-generate" 
> the PBI database with native versions for PC-BSD7. At that point they 
> should all work just fine. (Many of them will work better, since the new 
> threading works much nicer, and fixes a lot of wine crashes as well)
> --
> Kris Moore
> Tim McCormick wrote:
>> It is to be expected at the current stage of PCBSD7 that few, if any, 
>> PBIs will work. This is mainly due to changing platform from FreeBSD 6 
>> to FreeBSD 7, thereby breaking binary compatibility.
>> If you want to use PBIs you really ought to be using the latest 
>> *released* version of PC-BSD, PC-BSD 1.5.1.
>> Tim
>> Gary B. Corell wrote:
>>> Yall:
>>>  I thought my problem with PBIs  was just my own problem but apparently not.
>>> I have installed A05092008 and had problems with several of them most notably 
>>> firefox and thunderbird including the Linux one with the wine support. Like 
>>> Bill Leeper I got  a good many errors on most of the ones I tried and they 
>>> just wouldnt install. 
>>>  A couple of them however did install but give me funny responses which, 
>>> unfortunatly I havent captured yet to display here, but they do work. the 
>>> ones that have succeeded are Skype 2.0 and Putty 0.6. Opera 9 went in ok but 
>>> at first time to try after a boot up, it reported an error but it does work 
>>> ok now. so the list of successes is now 1. Opera, 2. putty, 3. Skype 2.0, & 
>>> 4. PDFedit.
>>>  One last thing on this subject, the add/remove programs did succeed in 
>>> removing the flakey PBIs with no problem.
>>>   From ports collection I have installed TeamSpeak2 client and several of the 
>>> KDE packages not otherwise installed at beginning. Thunderbird, seamonkey, 
>>> and firefox would not build from ports.
>>>  Before installing that Alpha I tried 05132008 but did not try the PBIs 
>>> because it would not start the re0 ethernet interface even after rebooting to 
>>> PCBSD 1.5 and even XP ( please dont hold that against me:). I also tried to 
>>> use sysinstall to start it and had rebooted several times before giving up on 
>>> it. What I forgot to do was to try to kldload the if_re0.ko module.
>>>  Gary B. Corell
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