Pre-built binary packages for nosh are available for x86/64 FreeBSD version 10 (or compatible).
You can download the packages from here or configure your machine to use the package repository.
You can view a list of the packages in the repository via GOPHER or via FTP in EPLF.
This is the nosh Guide, in HTML. Open it when installed with
or your favourite HTML viewing tool.xdg-open /usr/local/share/doc/nosh/index.html
nosh, and the chain-loading utilities)
service-controland related utilities)
ttylogin-starterand related utilities)
ptyrunand related utilities)
nosh-zsh-completion-1.38.txz(Z Shell completions for the toolsets)
servicectlshims for systemd compatibility)
chkconfig, and related shims for old-style System 5/BSD compatibility)
initctl, and related shims for upstart compatibility)
serviceshim for old-style System 5/BSD compatibility)
update-rc.dshims for Debian compatibility)
fastpoweroffshims for BSD compatibility)
rcctland and related shims for OpenBSD compatibility)
chvtshims for compatibility with the old Linux kbd package)
These install the toolsets under
However, to avert a problem that otherwise makes systems unbootable, they also install a handful of binaries in
This is a suite of service bundles. It comprises:
/etc/service-bundles/targets/, including the
poweroff, and other standard system targets.
You will need this for a working system.
This is an extensive service bundle collection.
There are a lot of service bundles here, including services that conflict (e.g.
exim4-smtp-relay) and services that you probably will not have (e.g.
Installing or upgrading the package will not enable/disable any services or targets. Nor will it start/stop any services. This is a change from prior versions of the package, which used to re-apply preset information and then reset services.
Installation of the various "-run" packages, reliant upon this one, does that and is now the sole way to do that with these binary packages.
Deinstallation will attempt to stop and unload all services in the package. Deinstallation will not disable any services or targets.
Deinstallation of the various "-run" packages, reliant upon this one, does that and is now the sole way to do that with these binary packages.
In an ideal world, the world would ship nosh bundles with its softwares itself, of course. ☺
The "-run" family of packages require the service bundle collection. They employ service bundles in it; and do not themselves contain any service bundles.
Rather, they contain preset information in
/usr/local/etc/system-control/presets, and install/deinstall scripts that operate on the relevant services.
Installing a "-run" package presets and resets the relevant services.
Deinstalling a "-run" package disables and stops the relevant services, and unloads them from the service manager.
You can tweak the behaviours with your own local preset information either in
/etc/systemd/system-preset or in
system-manageras process #1
This pre-packages the steps for running a fully nosh-managed system.
/boot/loader.conf to point to
It also runs the configuration conversion mechanism in
Note that the default system enables no services at all.
You'll have to install other -run packages to get things like old-style BSD libc
syslog() service and terminal login services.
Important note: You will need one of these for a working system.
These packages start the several FreeBSD/TrueOS Desktop and FreeBSD/TrueOS Server standard services.
The set of TrueOS Server services is a strict subset of the TrueOS Desktop ones, and includes the AppCafe ngnix server, ipfw, openntpd, devd, virecover, and Vixie cron. The set of TrueOS Desktop services extends that with the likes of powerd, CUPS, anacron, and Sun RPC. For D-BUS and other Freedesktop.org services, however, one must install other "-run" packages.
The set of FreeBSD Server services is similarly a strict subset of the FreeBSD Desktop ones, and includes ipfw, openntpd, devd, virecover, and Vixie cron. The set of FreeBSD Desktop services extends that with the likes of powerd, CUPS, anacron, and Sun RPC.
nosh-run-kernel-vt-1.38.txz(old-style kernel virtual terminals)
nosh-run-user-vt-1.38.txz(a new-style application-mode virtual terminal)
The old-style kernel virtual terminal system auto-starts a
ttylogin@ttyN service on each kernel virtual terminal at startup, as configured by
The new-style application-mode virtual terminal auto-starts a
console-fb-realizer@head0 service; the "realizer" service that realizes the multiplex VTs via the (head #0) framebuffer and input event devices.
This connects to the user-mode virtual terminal that is supplied by
console-multiplexor@head0; which in turn multiplexes the user-mode virtual terminals generated by the
terminal-emulator@vc2 services; whose emulated virtual terminals in their turn are employed by the
The realizer service tells the kernel to disable its built-in terminal emulator program for the duration.
These systems conflict. The head #0 framebuffer and input event device are used by the kernel's virtual terminal emulator. One cannot (without a massive mess of overlapped output and input going to two separate places) realize application-mode virtual terminals onto head #0 whilst simultaneously realizing kernel virtual terminals on the same hardware. So you must only install one of these packages at any one time. The BSD package manager does not provide an easy means of enforcing this, unfortunately.
This package auto-starts the OpenSSH server.
This package auto-starts the Freedesktop.org system bus services.
nosh-run-freedesktop-kits-1.38.txz(Freedesktop.org "kit" services — policykit, NetworkManager, et al.)
This package auto-starts the various Freedesktop.org "kit" services.
Avoid Desktop Bus bus activation.
This package auto-starts the various services that form the VirtualBox Guest Additions: the
VBoxService dæmon and the four "vbox" kernel modules.
This package runs the
klogd service, providing logging service to the kernel.
This package runs the
local-syslog-read service, providing old-style logging service to programs that still use
This package auto-starts the services for Bruce Guenter's bcron.
This installs various
rc.d scripts for running allowing one to use the nosh service management under Mewburn
rc system used on FreeBSD, TrueOS, DragonFly BSD, et al.).
It also disables the nosh
sysinit standard target, on the basis that
rc handles what that target otherwise handles on a nosh-system-managed system.
Thus, installing this package will break a nosh-system-managed system.