Some problems installing dragonFly BSD. Can anybody help?

Ivan Uemlianin ivan at
Fri May 6 06:34:37 PDT 2011

Dear All

I am installing DragonFly BSD onto a Thinkpad X60.  Actually, I have 
installed it, but perhaps not correctly.  Below are my symptoms.  Please 
can anybody help with any of them?

Some background:  I am fairly familiar with Unix-like operating systems 
(long time fan of Debian GNU/Linux; currently using MacOS X), but I 
don't have a sysadmin background.  One of my reasons for installing 
DragonFly BSD is to learn.  I plan to blog as I go (e.g., I've just 
written a note on getting the image onto a USB stick:

I installed dfly-i386-gui-2.10.1_REL.img from a USB stick.



1.  After the post-installation configuration step, I chose reboot. 
While rebooting, the system seemed to crash and I ended up inside a 
debugger.  However, after a successful shutdown and reboot, the system 
seemed to run OK.

2.  During configuration dhcp seemed to find the network (at least, a 
dialogue appeared, giving me some info ending with "Status: Active"), 
but after I'd rebooted into X and launched Firefox, Firefox could not 
find external urls.  So, perhaps dhcp didn't work and I should configure 
the network manually.

3.  The window manager is TWM.  On exiting TWM, the screen froze and 
didn't return me to the console.  I had to go to another console and 
kill X manually.


4.  I don't think I set the correct keyboard map (and/or screen map?). 
Most of the keyboard works as it should, but shift-3 does not produce 
the expected "£" --- it doesn't produce anything, so maybe the keyboard 
map is OK but the screen map is wrong?

5. I was expecting FVWM as the window manager: I thought the docs said 
that was the default.  Presumably I can change the window manager. 
Should it have been FVWM?  Is the fact that I got TWM instead a symptom 
that some config was wrong?

All in all, it doesn't look very healthy.  Can anybody indicate what 
might have gone wrong?  Or, if I re-install, what signals I should be 
looking out for?

With thanks and best wishes


Ivan A. Uemlianin
Speech Technology Research and Development
                    ivan at
    "Froh, froh! Wie seine Sonnen, seine Sonnen fliegen"
                     (Schiller, Beethoven)

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