PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 19

Changes to PBI’s

As many of you know there was an issue with PBI’s causing them to freeze at random times during use. Kris went into full-blown hermit programmer mode to track down the issue and you’ll be glad to know a fix was committed that addresses this issue. Kris said of the fix: “it’s faster, cleaner, and allows proper access to all of the filesystem data. It can even be used by FreeBSD users who want to run different sets of packages in a location other than /usr/local”. To test out the new changes you will want to rebuild the pbi-manager backend. For those of you that may not know the pbi-manager utility is a backend that you never see, but is always there managing system interactions when running PBI’s. Follow the instructions below to grab the pc-bsd source and rebuild the pbi-manager to apply the fix.

1. Open a new terminal and paste: git clone https://github.com/pcbsd/pcbsd.git
This will create a directory for the PC-BSD source code

2. type: cd pcbsd/src-sh/pbi-manager/
This will browse directly to the pbi-manager source directory

3. type: sudo make install

4. Restart your system

And you’ve done it! Don’t forget to reset your system! PBI’s will not work until the system is reset. For more information, questions, or thoughts please post below.

Changes to Life Preserver

Life preserver has been updated to bring in some exciting new changes. New automatic snapshot schedules have been added along with new replication schedule options that will allow users more flexibility and control over their Life Preserver snapshot schedules (i.e. Hourly, 30 minutes, 10 minutes). New code has been added to allow the user to change the pop-up notification policy (all, only errors, none). A minor bug was also fixed that was causing non-error messages in the “Message” dialog.

Unifying PC-BSD Utility Chain

Work is continuing on standardizing the PC-BSD utility chain. More information has been added @ (http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/Become_a_Developer/10.1). The changes will also bring in some new keyboard accessibility through hot keys and shortcut keys. There are currently several opportunities available to help update the tool chain, so if you’d like to lend a hand please let us know!

Important changes to Appcafe and PCDM (Release Notes)

AppCafe –

* Finish overhaul of the UI
* Add ability to email the port maintainer
* Add right-click action shortcuts for individual applications
* Add new browser home page with recommended applications
* Move the category browser to a seperate page
* Add ability to install custom PBI’s from your system via File->Add PBI (no internet/repository required)
* General improvements/bugfixes to the backend functions


* Fix backend detection of LDAP/Active Directory users (still needs verification/testing by people with this special type of setup)
* Add option to show an auto-login delay (in which time the user can cancel the auto-login if necessary)
* Add option to disable showing the system users and require that the username also have to be typed in.

Login Manager Configuration Utility (pc-dmconf)
* Update to reflect the new PCDM configuration options
* Fix a bug where a blank auto-login username could be set

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Written by Josh Smith. Posted in 10.0, 9.2, forums, new features, pbis, testers, Uncategorized

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Comments (8)

  • sg1efc
    February 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm |

    PC-BSD = constantly being improved, Thanks a lot everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bill Norton
    March 1, 2014 at 10:05 am |

    git clone git://github.com/pcbsd/pcbsd.github

    Did not work for me.

    git clone git://github.com/pcbsd/pcbsd
    is seemingly working

    • Ken Moore
      March 1, 2014 at 10:27 am |

      Bill Norton ยป Thanks for pointing that out.
      I just updated the git clone URL in the post so that it should now properly work.

      • March 5, 2014 at 10:11 am |

        March 5, 2014 —

        @ Ken — If the link in the post was updated since march 1st, something must still be wrong. I experienced exactly what Bill Norton’s comments said about what works and what does not.

  • Quick question
    March 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm |

    How do I “reset my system”? Or asked differently: what do you mean by that? Install all pbis anew? Or something different?

    Thanks for clarification.


    • Josh Smith
      March 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm |

      Just restart the computer. Shut it down and turn it back on to finish applying the changes.

      • Quick Question
        March 2, 2014 at 1:37 am |

        But wasn’t that already implied by “4. Restart your system”?

        I thought of “reset” to mean something different than “reboot” or “restart”.
        But ok.

        Thanks for the clarification!


  • March 1, 2014 at 11:41 pm |

    Just curious how PCDM looks like. i want to upgrade my system, but cannot do it recently.
    The WIKI about PCDM doesn’t yet provie the screenshot.

    February 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm | #
    PC-BSD = constantly being improved,

    I totally agree with you. We just hope FreeBSD as the base technology can compete with other operating system in term of feature and hardware support.

    Cheers ๐Ÿ˜€

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