You raised a point that I had been debating with myself before I even tried
to install; which version is best for my needs? I only need a very limited
system, just something with a compiler, the common header files and
libraries, ftp (client or host) and a web server program that supports cgi
and the other fun web stuff I'm hoping to fiddle with (I have GOT to figure
out how to control that little icon next to the URL).
In the end I decided to use 5.1 just because I figured the latest release
would be the safest in terms of security patches. I guess there could have
been recently introduced bugs in it though, and considering my system is so
old, I should have planned to use an older release. What version would you
recommend I use to get the most secure, stable system possible that will
still meet my limited needs?
Hopefully starting over with an older version of the OS will solve these HD
full issues as well. As for the ethernet card, I have two different NE2000
compatible cards and 5.1 didn't seem to recognize either of them (though
that may have been because the os wasn't fully installed). More than likely
I just don't know what I'm doing, so I'll deal with that issue if/when it
Thanks for your assistance.
> comp.unix.bsd.freebsd is not widely propagated, so you won't
> necessarily get much help here (in comp.unix.bsd.freebsd).
> See http://www.freebsd.org/support.html for better ideas...
> [followups redirected accordingly]
>> Help... I have tried to install FreeBSD three times and keep running into
>> problems. There are several things that seem to be wrong, most importantly
>> that I get a message during the install saying I don't have enough hard
>> drive space. The drive is 500MB, and is working correctly, as the installer
>> sees it as a 500MB drive and lets me create 500MB worth of partitions (it
>> also had win98 running just fine on it before I started trying to install
>> FreeBSD). The install guide says that if I have more than 200MB of hard
>> drive space then the standard install should work fine. I'm using FreeBSD
>> 5.1. Was that 200MB figure perhaps for an older version? I've tried
>> various partition arrangements including the default, but I always get "out
>> of hd space" errors. These errors don't usually come up until late in the
>> install, and it aborts some packages, but then after I quit the installer I
>> can boot up and there is some free space on the drive. Not a ton of space,
>> but at least 30-50MB in /usr and /var.
> Where do those errors come up, exactly? They might be either in the
> real disk, as you're trying to analyze, or they might be in the memory
> disks during the install.
> Also, please remember that 5.x is not yet considered "production use
> quality" by the release team. You really should be reading the
> -CURRENT mailing list if you're running 5.x. If that's too much
> effort, you're better off sticking with 4.x until the release team
> says otherwise.
>> Also, I would like the computer to connect to the network through a DHCP
>> server, but I can't figure out how to set it to do that. I'm not sure the
>> NIC is installed, because I don't see anything about it in the boot
>> sequence, and ifconfig doesn't list anything but the two loopback entries.
>> My NIC is NE2000 compatible. I don't know the manufacturer, but the model
>> is WS-E200. I was hoping to try installing the ed(4) driver for it, but the
>> directory where the install guide says that should be is empty (perhaps due
>> to the install errors).
> The ed(4) driver is built into the GENERIC kernel, so you should be
> fine there. If it's not being detected by the kernel at boot time,
> maybe it's not so NE2000-compatible after all. I haven't seen the
> dmesg, though, so I'm just guessing.