Submitting PBI Requests

How to do so has been a common topic on the #pcbsd Freenode IRC channel. We’ve  provided two ways for doing so and updated the Handbook as follows:

Submit PBI Requests

Want to request a specific application to be made available in PBI format? This is an excellent way to let PBI developers know which applications are most useful to PC-BSD users. Before requesting a PBI, please do the following:

  • check in Software Manager to see if a PBI already exists. If one does but you want to request a more recent version, please say so in your request.
  • search at Freshports to see if there is an existing FreeBSD package as it is much easier and quicker to make a PBI from an existing package. If a package does not already exist, please say so in your request.
  • check to see if a request has already been made in the PBI Requests Forum or PBI-dev Mailing list.

You can make your request one of two ways:

Whatever method you choose, please include the name of the PBI you are requesting in the thread name or email subject line. This way it is easy for PBI developers and other PC-BSD users to know which applications have already been requested.

Once a PBI developer has made a new PBI, the request will be removed from the PBI Requests Forum. Please note that it takes anywhere from 2-7 days for a new PBI to show up in Software Manager as it needs to be built and tested to make sure everything works.

If you wish to help test the resulting PBI before it has been approved, you may do so at the sites below:

If you wish to be notified whenever a new PBI is added or an existing one is upgraded to a newer version, subscribe to the Latest PBI RSS feed.


Looking for more PC-BSD/FreeBSD Resources

More cleanup in the Handbook today… Some of it was in the Additional Resources section where I cleaned out the dead links and added the ones I could think of off the top of my head. I’m sure I missed many good resources (editing for 8 hours tends to empty out the top of one’s head…)

You can help us make a comprehensive list of resources. We’re looking for blogs, forums, news sites, tutorials, planets, etc. that deal primarily with FreeBSD and/or PC-BSD. Please leave a comment with the URLs you would like to see included in this list. We’re also looking for non-English resources for those users who would like access to resources in their native language.


Many Doc Changes

Here is a summary of today’s many changes to the doc structure and Handbook. has been retired as it was merely a collection of assorted links. If you’re looking for documentation, either click on the FAQS icon or the Handbook tab on the PC-BSD website.

Most of the content from the main page of the wiki has been moved into the Handbook. The following sections were integrated:

  • Using the Ports Console Jail
  • Working with FreeBSD Ports & Packages
  • Keeping PC-BSD Updated
  • Jail Management with The Warden
  • Setting up a PC-BSD Thin Client Server
  • Legacy PBI Access (deleted as no longer relevant)
  • Dual Booting
  • Reporting Bugs
  • Using the PC-SysInstall backend (scriptable installs)
  • Using the PBI Builder to make a PBI from a FreeBSD
  • PortPBI Module Builder Guide
  • PBI Request List

Several of these sections had their screenshots and text updated.

In particular, these Handbook sections had a first pass at updating their existing, out-of-date content:

There are bound to be broken links that I’ve missed, so please leave a comment as you find them. Please note that the entire Handbook is an active work in progress (changing hourly). There are some notes (IN CAPS so they stand out) on missing info and the Figures won’t be named and numbered until the content is more stable. The size of the figures will also be standardized once we figure out which size works best in a print layout.

If there is a specific section that you’re waiting to be updated (as you need that info) or if you have suggestions for sections that are missing but needed, leave a comment so they can be prioritized in the editing queue.


The Great Doc Shuffle Has Begun

You may notice some changes on the main website today as we try to consolidate all of the doc pieces into one cohesive whole. The ultimate goal is to have a “one stop shop” for how to use/troubleshoot PC-BSD that is available both online and as an offline copy included with each release.

A link to the FAQS has been added. We’re thinking of a sane way of integrating these into the Handbook, but for now the search utility is quite handy.  Having an easy to find link on the website makes sense.

The Migrate section has been moved to the Handbook so it no longer appears in the red main menu at the top of each page. It has been replaced by a link to the Handbook, so you can easily access it from any page of the website.

The graphic artist is working on the image–a new banner indicating 8.1 as the latest release should be up in the next day or so.

Please let us know if you find any broken links anywhere on the website so these can be attended to.


Burning the installation DVD

We could use your help on the Burning the installation DVD section of the PC-BSD Users Handbook. If you use graphical burning software on Windows, Unix/BSD/Linux, or Mac OS X, please let us know if any of the screenshots are out of date or if we are missing a popular (and preferably, freely available) burning application. We want the burning process to be as easy as possible for new users.

If you find an out of date screenshot for an application you use, please send an updated png. To prevent us from inadvertently using copyrighted images, indicate that you took the screenshot from your own system and that you give us permission to include it in the Handbook.

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