Frequently Asked Questions for FreeBSD 2.X, 3.X and 4.X

The FreeBSD Documentation Project

This is the FAQ for FreeBSD versions 2.X, 3.X, and 4.X. All entries are assumed to be relevant to FreeBSD 2.0.5 and later, unless otherwise noted. Any entries with a <XXX> are under construction. If you are interested in helping with this project, send email to the FreeBSD documentation project mailing list . The latest version of this document is always available from the FreeBSD World Wide Web server. It may also be downloaded as one large HTML file with HTTP or as plain text, postscript, PDF, etc. from the FreeBSD FTP server. You may also want to Search the FAQ.

Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Installation
3 Hardware compatibility
4 Troubleshooting
5 Commercial Applications
6 User Applications
7 Kernel Configuration
8 System Administration
9 The X Window System and Virtual Consoles
10 Networking
11 PPP
12 Serial Communications
13 Miscellaneous Questions
14 Advanced Topics
15 Acknowledgments
List of Tables
2-1. Wiring a parallel cable for networking
2-2. Maximum file sizes
2-3. Possible security profiles
10-1. Network cards based on the DEC PCI chipset
List of Examples
9-1. ``Pointer'' Section for Wheeled Mouse in XFree86 3.3.x series XF86Config with moused Translation
9-2. ``InputDevice'' Section for Wheeled Mouse in XFree86 4.x series XF86Config with automatic protocol recognition and button mapping Translation
9-3. ``.emacs'' example for naive page scrolling with Wheeled Mouse
9-4. ``Pointer'' Section for Wheeled Mouse in XF86Config with X Server Translation
9-5. Emacs Configuration for Imwheel
9-6. Xemacs Configuration for Imwheel

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