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Package Installation Instructions

Well if you are here, then I presume that you are wondering how this site can help to install the package that you have just found.  Depending on the FREESCO series that you are using, the process will differ.

Below you will find the install instructions for each of the FREESCO series, that allows for packages to be installed using a built in FREESCO command.  At the different points in the installation processes, where this site can be of use, I will make a notation about it.  This way you will have a complete list of instructions from start to finish, including information from this site and the regular FREESCO package installation commands.

0.3.0 to 0.3.8


The best way to install a package to the hard drive of the FREESCO box.

In an SSH connection or while at the box itself, at the command prompt type the following (and hit the enter key)
This will start the setup program.  Then hit the enter key again (to use color by default)
You will now be at the "CHOOSE ROUTER/SERVER TYPE" page.
Here choose
a (and remember to hit the enter key)
to go to the advanced setup screen.
You will be on the "ADVANCED SETTINGS MENU" page.
Here choose
p (and remember to hit the enter key)
to go to the package menu
Here you will see the following …

The default package install URL is
The default patch/ext2 install URL is
The default package save directory is

0. Uninstall package
1. List installed packages
2. List available packages
3. Installed packages documentation
4. Install a package
5. Setup installed packages
6. Enable - Disable packages
7. Enable - Disable package firewall rules
8. Enable - Disable control panel addons
9. Default package install URL
10. Default patch/ext2 install URL
11. Default package save directory
12. Check/install patches from
13. Install the official ext2 package from

Command me (x - exit)?


From here, you have a few choices.  Most likely the package you are looking to install, is located on a FREESCOsoft mirror site so all you need to know is the package name.  This is where the web pages come in handy (when doing this via SSH)

If doing this via SSH, like I normally do, you would press
4 (and remember to hit the enter key)
It will state that the FREESCO box needs to be connected to the internet, press
y (and remember to hit the enter key)
It will ask you "URL or directory to install from (ENTER for default url)?"
just hit the enter key, since it is most likely on the main mirror site.
It will then ask "Package name to install ?"
Here you can type the name (or in SSH copy and paste from the mirror site web page)
In this case I will use the pacakge "utils_1.0_dingetje"
So you would type or paste that  (and remember to hit the enter key).
It will say "Installing… utils_1.0_dingetje"
"View the install script (y/n) [n]?"
Just hit the enter key
It will go through its pretests and checks

GNU tools and other essentials

Checking versions… Pv0.3.0 0.3.x
Checking required temp space… Ok
Checking required disk space… Ok
Checking dependencies… Ok
Checking if package is installed… Ok
Checking for existing libraries… Ok
***-- This package is officially unaproved at this time --***
***-- loading this program could damage your system --***

Then it will ask "Do you want install this package (y/n) [y]?"
Just hit the enter key, this is the reason we are here ;)
It will then ask "Do you want to save a copy of this package (y/n) [n]?"
Just hit the enter key again, no need to save it unless you want to.
It will then show this … (843K)
/boot/9786~/utils_1.0_di [########################] 843K | 3586.55K/s
863266 bytes transferred in 0.24 sec (3569.63k/sec)
Unpacking utils_1.0_dingetje.tgz .. Done
This package contains the next tools:

which - shows the full path of (shell) commands
gzip - compress/decompress file(s)

smtpclnt - simple SMTP mail client, send mail from commandline
tolower - convert file name(s) in current directory to lower case

Most show a short usage message when called with --help or -h,
i.e. wget --help or fromdos -h

All tools are installed in /pkg/bin.
Successfully installed… utils_1.0_dingetje

It will then show " <ENTER> to continue" (press enter of course)

The package is installed.

At this point, some of the packages (possibly 50% or more of them) would need to have one more thing done before the package is actually usable.  This is to run the "setup" for the package.  This is done by typing
and pressing the enter key.
From the "LIST OF AVAILABLE PACKAGES TO SETUP" you will see the control script for the packages, mine looks like this …


rc_mc is the control script for the MC package I just installed.
It asks you "Package name to setup ?" so you type the package control script name (from the list given) and press the enter key.
From this point, the "setup" will be specific to the package that you chose.
After the "Setup" finishes, it will say "<ENTER> to continue"
Pressing the enter key takes you back to the main package menu.

Now just exit out of the package menu
Exit out of the Advanced Menu
Then out of the setup itself, no real need to save, nothing was changed in the setup, we just added a package.

Creation date :2009/04/14 @ 20:03Last update :2009/04/14 @ 20:03Print the article  Hyperlink


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