9-STABLE 20120622 Now Available for Testing

Kris has announced the availability of the next testing snapshot:

The next 20120622 snapshot in the PC-BSD 9-STABLE branch has just been released for i386 and amd64 architectures.

This snapshot provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems.

Changes since the previous Snapshot:

  • FreeBSD 9-STABLE from 06-15-2012.
  • KDE 4.8.3.
  • Fixed a bug creating a /root ZFS dataset on the Server install.
  • Fixed a crash in install GUI if using custom pkg set, and going back steps.
  • Exclude /etc/pam.d and /usr/local/etc/pam.d from being overwritten during upgrades.
  • Fixed an upgrade bug, causing some files to not get overwritten properly.
  • Change detection for wifi when showing tray application.
  • Set default volume to 100:100 on first boot.
  • Fix displaying static IP addresses in GUI.
  • Improve network restart functionality, should now properly add default route, and fix issue with losing connectivity after restarting with a static IP.
  • Visually improve the AppCafe homescreen layout.
  • Add default configurations for i3 / windowlab WM’s.
  • Add new service manager GUI to warden, allows enabling, and starting / stopping services inside a jail.
  • Add ability to cleanup thinclient installation.
  • Improve the install image to not use MFS root, instead operates 100% identical to early stages of FreeBSD installer.
  • Shrink memory requirements of installation, can now install with UFS on systems with ~256MB of RAM.
  • Add initial support to Warden CLI for creating Linux jails

Highlights for the upcoming 9.1:

  • New system installer! Greatly simplified for desktop and server installs.
  • New “PC-BSD Server” installation option. Includes command-line utilities like pbi-manager, warden, metapkgmanager and more.
  • Support for ZFS mirror / raidz(1,2,3) during installation.
  • Support for SWAP on ZFS, allowing entire disk ZFS installation.
  • Support for setting additional ZFS data-set options, such as compression, noexec, etc.
  • Warden jail management integrated into system. Allows creating jails via GUI, adding packages and other administration.
  • First boot setup wizard allows OEM installs to be easily performed.
  • New Bluetooth paring tray / GUI utilities.
  • New AppCafe improvements and preferences.
  • Improvements to wifi utility.
  • Fixed bug causing untranslated strings to show up empty.
  • Numerous bug-fixes to PC-BSD related utilities.
  • Support for creating PXE boot server for remote desktop and installation.
  • ZFS beadm support
  • And much more!


Users running previous snapshots may update now via the online updater. You will first need to apply the “Update Manager” 20120622 update, then the snapshot update will appear.

If you wish to update from 9.0 to this snapshot you may do so by editing the /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to “pcbsdtest”.

After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the snapshot will appear.

Note: The AMD64 snapshot appears as 20120621 on the mirrors, but it is the same as the 20120622 i386 version.


The DVD & USB images are available via the PC-BSD mirrors. You may select the mirror and files from this URL.

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Written by dru. Posted in 9.1, new features, testers

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Comments (26)

  • user10508
    June 25, 2012 at 9:13 am |

    Prior snapshot geli installation bug – fixed – on this snapshot.

    Asus K53E laptop, 8 GB ram, Intel core i5, Intel hd3000 IGA. atheros wired/wireless network chips, 500 GB Hard Drive etc

    Snapshot installed as:
    ufs boot,

    Installation was uneventful.

    Display wizard did not detect usb mouse or correctly configure intel 3d driver. Vesa mode works without mouse.

    Prior snapshots correctly detected mouse and intel iga.

    Everything else up and running.

  • June 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

    Hmm, tried several times now. It says “Starting Update…” and then “Updating….” and then this error message.

    Failed to install: System Update to 9-STABLE-20120605 Possible causes: Dropped internet connection or low disk space.

    I’m on a Dell 5700 computer with PC-BSD 9.0 on it. Did all of this & it was simple to do:

    “If you wish to update from 9.0 to this snapshot you may do so by editing the /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf file and changing the PATCHSET: variable to β€œpcbsdtest”.

    After changing this variable, you may run the updater utility, to download a new update manager. Once this update manager is installed, the online update to the snapshot will appear.”

    As far as I was able to see, the new update manager installed fine. Does anyone have any ideas? My File System has 1.3Gig of free space and the total hard drive space has about 1TB of free space, 4Gig of ram. My internet connection status says: UP. Can connect to internet with other programs however I did not start them up again upon reboot to help troubleshoot. Could the PC-BSD server be too busy with everyone else trying to get this update also? πŸ™‚

    Thanks a lot for any suggestions and for this update. πŸ™‚

    • June 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm |

      Since it is trying to upgrade to:
      9-STABLE 20120605

      instead of:
      9-STABLE 20120622

      Must it upgrade to 9-STABLE 20120605 first and then to 9-STABLE 20120622? Or should it be upgrading straight to 9-STABLE 20120622?

      • June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm |

        I had the exact same error.
        To add a bit more info, after the update manager is upgraded, the PATCHSET variable in /usr/local/share/pcbsd/pc-updatemanager/conf/sysupdate.conf file changes from “pcbsdtest” to something like “pcdbsd-mu”.
        I reset it back to pcbsdtest, and now the update-manager says “your system is up to date”.

        • June 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

          From my file:

          # Configuration settings for PC-BSD Updater Service
          # Change with care! Messing with this may break your updates!
          # NOTE: Proxy settings are in /usr/local/etc/pcbsd.conf

          # Set this variable to the server you wish to pull system updates from
          # Needs to be a "fetchable" HTTP or FTP URL
          UPDATESERVER: ftp://sysupdate.pcbsd.org/pub/system-updates/patchset

          # The patch set you wish to pull, normally "pcbsd" or "pcbsdtest"
          PATCHSET: pcbsd-mu

          Thank you Very much Bhaskar, that entry was also different in my file. However, even though my update manager also says I am up to date now, how do I know for certain the new snapshot has indeed installed? Because after I ran the update manager, after I edited that file, it did not seem to actually download/install anything at all = a snapshot or anything else…?

          Thanks again Bhaskar. πŸ™‚

          • June 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm |

            Well what I meant to say was , I don’t get the error any more, but in actuality no update has really happened. I am still on 9-STABLE.

            I am going to download the full distro and try an upgrade, the normal way.

            • June 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm |

              Oh ok, Thanks a lot Bhaskar for this info, good luck and let us know how it goes if you have a chance. πŸ™‚

              • July 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

                OK ran a full install, was not presented an option to Upgrade, so had to overwrite the whole OS :(.
                Also can’t use ‘ATI’ video card driver anymore, had no problems with it under 9.0.
                Apart from that, everything else is great.

                • July 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

                  Thanks a lot for this update Bhaskar. I know that everyone working on the PC-BSD and FreeBSD projects is hard at work to continually improve them which is great. πŸ™‚

                • July 6, 2012 at 5:38 am |

                  Correct. Upgrades are now through Upgrade Manager rather than the installer.

                  Can you let us know whether or not the upcoming BETA1 fixes the ATI issue? When it becomes available, it will show up in Update Manager.

                  • July 6, 2012 at 6:42 am |

                    OK will do.
                    BTW, your blog’s comments system has serious layout problems, when the hierarchy goes above certain number, as the replies keep getting pushed more and more towards right, and the width decreases.

          • July 6, 2012 at 6:44 am |

            Anyone know how to fix the skinny nesting problem in WordPress?

    • June 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm |

      Does changing the mirror fix it?

      • June 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm |

        Unfortunately no luck yet. Tried many different servers, they are all trying to download 9-STABLE 20120605 and I do not see any other updates including any for “9-STABLE 20120622”. Is there some sort of cache I can clear/empty in PC-BSD to remove the 9-STABLE 20120605 reference, maybe?

        It does say: “Updating: System Update to: 9-STABLE 20120605 (1 of 1)” and then switches back & forth between that and “Downloading: PCBSD.txz (Update 1 of 1)”, while it is trying to update, but always results if error message in above post.

        Are there any other prerequisites I need before doing this nstall? OS installed currently is PC-BSD Version: 9.0 “Base Version: 9.0-Release-p3 amd64”.

        Thanks as always for your help Dru. πŸ™‚

        • June 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm |

          Sorry, by “servers”, I really meant “mirrors”. πŸ™‚

  • Ira Taylor
    June 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

    I upgraded from 6.05 snapshot using intel gpu. I upgraded sucessfully but I had to use vesa, the intel 3d was broken. I got the same result installing from the snapshot. I am running 64bit with intel graphics, so I reinstalled the 605 snapshot for now, since I don’t want to run in vesa mode. So for me the snapshot is broken.

    • June 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

      We’re looking into what changed for the Intel.

      • Bruno Faria
        July 4, 2012 at 6:03 am |

        The intel driver crashes even when we upgrade the system through ports! I have done it myself and traced into a segmentation fault with the XORG so i reinstalled the old driver…

  • Tri Le
    June 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm |

    Intel 3d video is definitely broken. Can’t select resolution at all.

  • June 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm |

    It looks like the experimental Xorg in this snapshot broke Intel. We’ll be going back to the previous Xorg in the next snapshot.

  • Elwood
    June 28, 2012 at 6:07 am |

    The Installer won’t install german language here. Is there any way to set the language after install? I have xfce4 installed.

    • June 28, 2012 at 6:22 am |

      There was a bug in this snapshot that prevented the successful selection of the language during the first part of the install. However, after installation, you can select your language during the post-install setup.

  • Alie
    July 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

    Is this build got debug mode on?

    • July 5, 2012 at 7:08 am |

      Nope, it is GENERIC as of June 11.

  • allen
    July 6, 2012 at 6:13 am |

    after installing the xbmc addon from the pc-bsd control center, xbmc doesn’t load giving the following error:
    “libinotify.so.0” not found, required by “xbmc.bin”

    • July 6, 2012 at 6:25 am |

      Thanks for reporting this. We’ll see if we can get it fixed for BETA1.

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