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Old 11-05-2005, 12:41 PM
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Trying to make the transition from M$ so please bear with me. I use Linspire on my laptop and while I despise the evil empire, I'm not crazy about continuing to pay Michael for nothing other than the ability to Click-N-Run apps. Be that as it may, while searching for an alternative I stumbled across PC-BSD.

I installed it on my wife's new laptop and I love it. Clean, quick, and the PBI's got us up and running quickly.

However,....

After installing Firefox we cannot go to HTTPS pages without PSM manager errors. I've read most the threads regarding PSM errors and I've installed and un-installed a half a dozen times without success.

Searching for an alternative I investigated 'Ports' at the FreeBSD site. I'm getting a handle on that and managed to install a few pgms. without any trouble, with the exception of Firefox. When I use pkg_add -r firefox I get ver. -1.0.3,1 and not the current -1.0.7. As the pkg is accessing the Ports db it points to .../latest/... but I still get -1.0.3,1

What (if anything) am I doing wrong?

It runs fine, but Info reports the oder version. I checked the distinfo file and it says -1.0.7 but that is not what was installed.

As an aside, how do I get clicking on a web link in a Thunderbird email to open Firefox (or Konqueror for that matter)?

Thanks for any help or insight.
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:45 AM
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the binary packages installed by "pkg_add -r program_name" are often not as up to date as the ones available to be compiled locally but the beautiful thing about pc-bsd when it comes to the instalation of programs is choice. you can always at the prompt as root type "cd /usr/ports/foo/bar && make install clean" if you want the latest version.
and for thunderbird as root at the command prompt type the four commands one at a time


cd /usr/X11R6/lib/thunderbird/lib/thunderbird-1.0.7/defaults/pref

echo 'pref("network.protocol-handler.app.http", "/usr/X11R6/bin/firefox");' >> all-thunderbird.js

echo 'pref("network.protocol-handler.app.https", "/usr/X11R6/bin/firefox");' >> all-thunderbird.js

echo 'pref("network.protocol-handler.app.ftp", "/usr/X11R6/bin/firefox");' >> all-thunderbird.js

if the output from
cd /usr/X11R6/lib/thunderbird/lib/thunderbird-1.0.7/defaults/pref
complains about No such file or directory do
ls /usr/ X11R6/lib |grep -i thunderbird
and edit thunderbird-1.0.7 with the correct version


edited for spelling
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Old 12-11-2005, 03:49 PM
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Thanks Adam,

Your suggestions work very well. I had to find the files in different locations but the FireFox fix worked great. I wound up editing the file directly in an attempt to understand what I was doing and managed to get it right.

Updating the ports, using 'make install clean' is certainly easy enough and installed the latest version.

HOWEVER - (and maybe this is a topic for a new thread)

After installing Digikam via 'make install clean' the pgm. loaded fine and worked (although it recognized my camera but wouldn't sync to it), except that after a reboot, the computer will no longer boot up!

I guess my first question is What is the nix version of a startup sequence? What files and how can I view and/or edit? ala config.sys and autoexec.bat I have checked several books and online but nothig I have was that specific.

What is left on the screen during startup is:
ad0: ****MB <IBM.....> at ata0-master UDMA66
acd0: CDROM <Samsung CD-ROM ....> at ata1-master PIO4
cd0 at ata1 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
cd0: <Samsung CD-ROM ....> Removable CD-ROM SCSI-0 device
cd0: 16.000MB/s transfers
cd0: Attempt to query device size failed: NOT READY, Medium not present

Manual root filesystem specification:
<fstype>:<device> Mount <device> using filesystem <fstype>
eg. uf:da0s1a
? List valid disk boot devices
<empty line> Abort manual input

mountroot>

using the verbose option what is left on the screen is:

pass0: <SAMSUNG CD-ROM SN-124 S004>Removable CD-ROM SCSI-0 device
pass0: 16.000MB/s transfers
GEOM: new disk cd0
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): error 6
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): Unretryable Error
cd0 at ata1 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
cd0 : <SAMSUNG CD-ROM SN-124 S004> Removable CD-ROM SCSI-0 device
cd0: 16.000MB/s transfers
CD0: Attempt to query device size failed: NOT READY, Medium not present
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): error 6
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): Unretryable Error
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): error 6
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): Unretryable Error
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): error 6
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): Unretryable Error
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): error 6
(cd0:ata1:0:0:0): Unretryable Error

Manual root filesystem specification:
<fstype>:<device> Mount <device> using filesystem <fstype>
eg. ufs:da0s1a
? List valid disk boot devices
<empty line> Abort manual input

mountroot>


When I type '?'

I get:

cd0 ad0s1c ad0s1b ad0s1a acd0 ad0s1 ad0

Any clue:

What caused this - might it have been the Digikam install?
How do I correct it?

I did try a Linpire 5.0 Live CD (which boots from the CD and it worked fine - so the CDROM is recognized and works). I also tried a Koppix Live CD and that got to
Scanning USB/Firewire devices ....Done
Enabling DMA acceleration for hda [IBM-DJSA-220]
Enabling DMA acceleration for hdc [Samsun CD-ROM SN-124]
Looking for CDROM in: /dev/scd0

and it hangs there.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Kevin
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