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Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: axiom on Mac OSX

From: Mark Murray
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: axiom on Mac OSX
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 12:47:44 +0100

root writes:

That would be "Mark" :-)

>I'm somewhat confused about the FreeBSD environment.


>The first issue is that FreeBSD outputs a 30 second LOUD beep before
>it boots which I have not found a way to turn off. Does this happen to
>you? How can I turn it off?

Hmm. Sounds like something with the hardware. Check your BIOS settings
make sure your keyboard and VGA settings are OK. FreeBSD itself doesn't
beep at you during the boot.

If you let me know at which part of the boot process this happens, I can
try to hunt it down further.

>The second issue is that despite the fact that I asked for emacs to be
>installed (I installed several times) I cannot find it anywhere.  How
>can I install emacs after the fact?

All the third-party/optional software is installed in /usr/local
and /usr/X11R6, so make sure you have /usr/local/[s]bin and
/usr/X11R6/[sb]in in your path.

Also check out "man 7 hier" to see how the system is layed out.

>Third, where can I find GNU make? Originally I had written the
>Makefiles so they did not care which make was used but changes
>have been made which require gnu make. I thought I asked for it to
>be installed but can't find it. I also asked for the Linux-compat
>environment to be installed but that seems lost also.

Gnu make would be "gmake" in /usr/local/bin

>My only guess is that there is a disk volume somewhere that contains
>all these packages but isn't getting mounted.

Nope :-). just a path problem.

>All of my pure unix experience predates any package-handling

Yeah. In the good old days, we all had to DIY this sort of stuff. ;-)

>Where is a good FAQ location so I can get educated? I picked up a
>FreeBSD book but it isn't really a user's guide.

Sure -

>In theory, given the work you've already done I should just have to
>compile Axiom, make a few final tweaks to the Makefile, test the lot
>and we're good to go. Unfortunately I'm still struggling with the

Steep curve at the beginning, but once you've sorted out the (not very
many) niggles, you'll find that *BSD is a very clean system (I hope!).

>There is no such thing as a simple job.

Ain't that the truth!

Mark R V Murray
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