First attempt to install Trident



Still running this:

12.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT #26 fa797a5a3(trueos-stable-18.03): Mon Mar 26 00:24:47 UTC 2018

So I decided to try to install Trident today. Downloaded Trident-18.12-PRERELEASE2-x64-20181219.iso and burned it to a DVD. Put in a blank SSD, had to switch to UEFI, booted and tried to install. Got to the point where it’s trying to launch X11 and I get an ever repeating series of:

Until it finally times out.

I’m running my Dell Latitude E6510 laptop. Been using it with PCBSD/TrueOS since 2009 or so.

Popped my old HD back in, switched back to legacy boot and all is right again, except I’m on an outdated version of TrueOS.

First I would confirm that I have Dell's latest BIOS:

Then I would open an issue against trident-installer in GitHub with the 
output of pciconf(8) -lv and dmidecode(8).



Maybe, try to write the installer .iso for an USB key (don’t worry,I know this is an .iso not an .img file :slight_smile: ) and try the install from this USB key in legacy BIOS mode, this woks for me!


It works for me too.:hugs:
I had exactly the same symptoms




No luck. Someone have a link for the trident github page?


see if this release will install


The /etc/X11/xorg.conf from your working TrueOS 18.03 
and the broken /tmp/xorg.conf from Trident installer would be helpful too.
You may be able to get to a shell prompt via CTRL-ALT-F1 when X11 hangs
to inspect the generated /tmp/xorg.conf.


I submitted a bug report. If it’s not good enough, ie, need more info, please let me know.

Thanks for all you folks do.

The broken /tmp/xorg.conf generated by Trident installer would be helpful.
A screenshot, if bringing up the network or using sneakernet via a USB stick 
is a PIA for you.


I’ll see what I can do.


Yep, that worked. Not sure it came up in the resolution I prefer as with TrueOS, but it installed and I was able to log into Trident and get a working desktop.


RC2 can be upgraded to the latest

As Rod recommends, a "trueos-update upgrade" will get you to the 
latest pre-release which will likely just work.
If not, we need to see the output of kldstat(8) and /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

I believe trident-installer still has issues with picking the correct VGA 
and  loading the right modesetting drivers.


OK, finally got around to trying this last night. Got it installed and running, got wireless working.

Tried to launch control panel and app installer and I get a popup error “The local sysadm service does not appear to be running. Please start it then try again.”

So I drop to qterminal and “service sysadm restart”, then ps to verify that it’s running, and it’s definitely there.

So I figured maybe I need to to the “trueos-update upgrade” first. I get “ERROR: Failed upgrading package repo”

Ran “pkg update” to try to determine if I could get a better error and it appears to be looking for a repos:

as well as packagesite.txz which fails.

I assume that the “12” should be “13”, but I wanted to ask before I go modifying anything in /var/db/pkg/

I also get the error:

access repo file(/var/db/pkg/repo-TrueOS-ports.sqlite) failed: No such file or directory

I assume this is spurious and will be created if the proper remote repos can be found.


which ISO?

run it with the -f option

sudo pkg check -f

the sysadm error sounds like 2 or 3 releases ago



You folks said it could be upgraded to the latest so I went with it.


yeah, i think it can. let me as @beanpole135 to make sure.


try this script -->


Thanks man, I’ll try it at home as $work network fascism wont allow it.


once RC2 is installed, do the following in a terminal


sudo trueos-update check -f

sudo trueos-check upgrade

doing this with virtualbox. appears to be doing the right thing

this upgrade did work. My virtualbox session is at the latest release today.