Installing basic ports on your FreeBSD box
These ports will aid in the following efforts:
- this should always be your first port. Install it, copy /usr/local/share/examples/cvsup/ports-supfile to /root, then edit the file and change the cvsup host name to the closest mirror found at: ????. then type rehash to update your paths to it, and run â€˜cvsup /root/ports-supfile to update all your ports
- this runs a â€˜terminal in a terminalâ€™ and keeps any accidental disconnect between you and your server from stopping any makeâ€™s that are running. I use it constantly inside putty so I can start a make job, and disconnect my putty while it runs in the background.
- I run â€˜portupgrade â€“raâ€™ once every other month to update all my installed ports to the newest versions. This is tons better then installing a new port over an old one, or uninstalling and reinstalling.
Installing XFree86-4 on your FreeBSD box.
Run a make install clean from /usr/ports/x11/XFree86-4
To configure XFree86-4:
(note that your not too worried about your XFree86 configuration because itâ€™s not going to actually run on your FreeBSD boxes hardware, but I always make sure everything works on the BSD box before trying to use it remotely from Windows.)
type â€˜startxâ€™ to see of X is working. XFree86 itself can be very difficult to get working, but once you see a gui, you can move on to the next step.
Run Make install clean on /usr/ports/x11-wm/windowmaker
This is fairly simple to get running over top of X. Once itâ€™s installed, youâ€™ll need to create a .xinitrc file in the home dir of any user you want to run wmaker. Hit alt-f2 to get another terminal, then logon as a regular user and make a .xinitrc file in the users home dir with the following contents:
This file will run every time you start X, so now it will run the WindowMaker GUI overtop of X. Type â€˜startxâ€™ to test it. You should get the wmaker gui now rather then the default X gui.
Now to configure our XFree86 box to accept connections from other PCâ€™s.
Click on â€˜install nowâ€™ from www.cygwin.com. The save and run the setup.exe which will download the whole system (about 30Mb). Chose all the defaults except for â€˜local package directoryâ€™. Change this to your temp dir: C:\Documents and Settings\tempadmin\Local Settings\Temp. On the â€˜chose a download siteâ€™ page, I always scroll down and highlight all the http servers (it will go through till it finds one that works). On the â€˜Select Packagesâ€™ screen, the only necessary change is to install XFree86, so scroll to the bottom and click the little icon next to XFree86 do that it says â€˜Installâ€™. You can add all the other options you want, but this is the only necessary addition to the base install. Click next to begin the install. Unless you have a T1 or better, this will take awhile.
Now that Cygwin is installed, lets test the Cygwin â€˜portâ€™ of XFree86. Run xwin.bat