help with finding precompiled binaries for 32/64bit and vmware player.

John Marino dragonflybsd at
Thu Feb 21 15:32:55 PST 2013

On 2/21/2013 23:22, Roger Lawhorn wrote:
> Hello,

Hi Roger,

> I am new to dragonfly bsd. Fear not, I am a unix (and microsoft) admin and a programmer from the 80's. Nowadays I just do unix batch, perl, and xsl.  You don't need to teach me much.
> I am using vmware player 5. 64bit will not install right. 32bit installs fine so I am using it right now.
> I have been recreating the pkgsrc tree from scratch.
> I used meta-packages to install gnome with bmake bin-install clean and it is broken and bad.
> I installed kde3 the same way and it went fine but the web browser Konquerer segfaults.
> Anyway, what is dports? I noticed that pkg_add and pkg_radd don't ever find anything.

the pkg_* utilities are for pkgsrc.  dports uses "pkg".

> Do I need the dports tree described below?
> Is there a dports for 32 bit? or maybe better instructions for making 64bit work with vmware player 5.

dports is a brand-new alternative to pkgsrc.
You only "need" one or the other, but you can't use both together.
Both systems can build packages from source or from pre-built binaries.
The dports binaries ftigeot mentioned are for x86-64 and are essentially 
for testing purposes.  There are no i386 dports binaries built at this 
time.  That doesn't prevent you from building from scratch of course.

I'll let others advise on vmware as I use vbox and have very little 
experience with vmware.

> I want as much access to ready to install 32/64 bit binaries as I can get.

There should be 2012Q4 pkgsrc binaries available for both 32/64 but I 
don't know the full number built.  You can browse here:

the pkgsrc binary experience is (subjectively) worse than dports, but 
your 32-bit packages should be there.

> I am trying to build a home user desktop for myself.

both systems have kde 3.5.
dports has a more modern xfce4 (4.10) vs pkgsrc (4.6)
pkgsrc kde 4.8 may work better than dports kde 4.9 (still in testing)
pkgsrc probably has more total window managers that work for dragonfly atm.

> A torrent link to a ready to go vmware image would be greatly appreciated.

I don't think that exists.

> If I must I will install on real hardware to get this running.
> I own an msi gt660 gaming laptop with i7, usb 3.0, and nvidia gtx 285m, 6gb ram, 256gb ssd boot drive, 1tb data drive.

The nvidia is likely a problem -- you probably can only get a vesa 
driver working for it.  Apparently it's possible to use freebsd nvidia 
driver with a wrapper, but this needs to be investigated with current 
nvidia blobs.  Personally I am also interested in this.

> I love bsd because its at least ten times faster, if not more way more than that, than Linux.

I don't know about that, but I will use BSD over Linux myself unless 
there's just no other option.  :)


> Thanks
> Signed, Roger.
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> Subject: x86_64 dports binary packages available
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> Hi,
> I have built a set of more than 17,000 x86_64 binary dports packages
> with poudriere.
> They are available from this URL:
> and of course need a DragonFly-3.3 system with pkg to be used.
> After adding this line to /usr/local/etc/pkg.conf
> it's possible to use pkg update / pkg install etc... to install or update
> packages from the repository.
> The pkg(8) manpage explains nicely the different pkg commands.
> A few instructions for people wanting to install pkg:
> * Install dports:
>    cd /usr
>    Run make dports-create or make dports-download
> * Install the pkg port :
>    cd /usr/dports/ports-mgmt/pkg&&  make install
>    make clean
> Move /usr/pkg out of the way first; even though dports and pkgsrc packages
> use different installation prefixes, mixing them can lead to various issues.
> The immense majority of these packages has not been tested, use at your own
> risk. Bugs can be reported to .

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