Category: FreeBSD

In Other BSDs for 2015/03/28


It’s been a quiet week in BSD-land, at least in terms of me finding links.

A PHP upgrade note


The other day, I updated some packages using pkg.  The default version of PHP went from 5.4 to 5.6.  I ended up doing what /usr/dports/UPGRADING says and making a list of all PHP packages on my system, before removing PHP and its dependencies.  I then reinstalled the packages that used PHP, bringing the needed packages back in at the right version.  pkg 1.4 didn’t handle the transition cleanly, unfortunately.  I also had to specify mod_php56 because pkg was trying to get the 5.4 version despite it not being default.

None of these are insurmountable problems, but it never hurts to be forewarned.  pkg 1.5 is on the horizon and may have an easier time with sorting these types of dependency/version changes.  This may apply to FreeBSD in addition to DragonFly.

In Other BSDs for 2015/03/21


Not done in a last-minute rush before the weekend, yay!  Done early cause I have to work over the weekend, boo!

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In Other BSDs for 2015/03/14


I goofed up and didn’t complete last weeks’ In Other BSDs before it published, so you get some extra this week.

BSDNow 80: The PC-BSD Tour II


The newest BSDNow video goes into PC-BSD and booting, and interviews Justin Gibbs about the FreeBSD Foundation.

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BSDNow 079: Just Add QEMU


The newest BSDNow episode talks with Sean Bruno about poudriere and QEMU.  He’s using those tools on FreeBSD, but poudriere is useful for building dports on DragonFly, too.  The usual news collection is there, too.

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Book release party in NYC tomorrow night


NYCBUG is having a book release event for “The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System” with George Neville-Neil, one of the authors. It’s happening tomorrow night, at the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St. George Neville-Neil will be talking about DTrace, and there’s copies of the book to buy/win.

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BSDtalk 251: 10 Gigabits per Server


The just-posted BSDTalk 251 is 47 minutes long, and comes from vBSDCon 2013, with three people interviewed about Verisign and FreeBSD.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/28


Well, this week just sort of took off for BSD links.

A late update: NYCBUG’s upcoming meetings and presentations, with the next one on March 4th, this week.  If you have a local BSD user group, I would like to know about it!

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/21


There’s some DragonFly material in here, though I normally confine that to the rest of the week.  It’s inextricable from the rest of the links.

In Other BSDs for 2015/02/14


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Your not-BSD BSD link of the week: Badass Space Dragon.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/07


This week is relatively quiet.

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BSDNow 075: From the Foundation


BSDNow 075 has an interview with Ed Maste about what the FreeBSD Foundation has been up to, and I’m guessing from the “Part 1″ in the title there’s going to be more information in a subsequent show.  There’s also a roundup of various BSD news items — more than usual, I think.

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Many wireless updates


Matthew Dillon brought in some wireless networking updates – the ath(4), iwn(4), and wpi(4) drivers are updated.  There’s porting notes if you need them, too.  In related news, rum(4) is also improved.  The updates apparently benefited DragonFly and FreeBSD at the same time.

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BSDTalk 250: WhatsApp


There’s two important numbers in this new, nearly-an-hour-long BSDTalk: Half a million billion, which are the number of people using FreeBSD via WhatsApp, and 250, which is the number of BSDTalk episodes so far.  That’s a great milestone for BSDTalk.  Oh, and the recording is from MeetBSD 2014, with Rick Reed talking.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/31


I’m not sure how I ended up with so much BSD material this week, but hey, we all benefit!

Your extended read: scaling linux-based router hardware recommendations, from the NANOG operators list.  Follow the thread.  It’s theoretically about Linux, but people name BSD solutions all through it.  Hmm…

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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/24


Short week this week, mostly due to a lack of interesting source changes.

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Book review: FreeBSD Essentials: Storage Mastery


Normally if I talk about a filesystem here, I talk about Hammer, which is not a surprise.  However, I often read and review Michael W. Lucas’s BSD-oriented books, and he has written FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials.  I’m reviewing it here because it’s obviously BSD-related, and some portions are directly relevant for other BSDs.

Disk setup and layout isn’t something that normally consumes much attention past the initial install – until something goes wrong, or until a system needs a new configuration.    Installers tend to hide that initial layout, anyway.

Vendors take advantage of this.  Much of the specialized storage vendors out there are selling you a computer with disks in it – something you can build yourself.  You don’t (or at least I hope you don’t) buy a firewall when you can do the same with pf or ipfw; the same goes for disk management.

There’s plenty of coverage of GEOM, GELI, GDBE, and the other technologies specific to FreeBSD.  I for one did not know how GEOM worked, with its consumer/producer model – and I imagine it’s complex to dive into when you’ve got a broken machine next to you.  If you are administering FreeBSD systems, especially ones that deal with dedicated storage, you will find this useful.  He doesn’t go into ZFS, but he does hint at a book on it later…

If you’re not a FreeBSD user, there’s also material that’s common to any BSD – an explanation of disk architecture, of UFS, RAID, and SMART.  Knowing what SMART is and does is essential, in my opinion.  You may be able to cobble this material together from other sources online, but it’s packaged nicely here, with Lucas’s easy writing style.

It’s a self-published book, and as such the download nets you three different formats.  It’s currently $10 and DRM-free, directly from the author.  You can also order physical versions, if you like paper.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/17


Lots of material this week.

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Which wireless cards for DragonFly?


The short answer is ath(4) and iwn(4), via this post.  There’s an update coming for the wireless infrastructure in DragonFly; Matthew Dillon and Adrian Chadd (on the FreeBSD side) are working together for improvements.

While I’m mentioning recommendations, the Silicon Image 3132 chipset is apparently excellent for eSATA drives on DragonFly.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/10


I got this done early, for once.

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ZFS and Hammer conversation


There’s a FreeBSD Forums thread about ZFS and Hammer, as several people have pointed out to me.  It’s interesting to see, but there isn’t a lot of quantitative discussion.  (It’s a forum post, not a white paper, though.)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/03


Remembered to do this all at the last minute, after I got the new server up.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/27


The list is shorter this week; I blame the Christmas holiday.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/20


I sort of lost a day this week because of an accidental 20-hour workday, but I still have the links:

Note: corrected VPS hosting link.

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BSDNow 068: Just the Essentials


BSDNow 068 has a large number video links to various BSD conference videos, a bunch of other article links,, and an interview of Michael W. Lucas about his new FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials book.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/13


Get ready for some reading.

In Other BSDs for 2014/12/06


I have been building up quite the variety this week.

In Other BSDs for 2014/11/29


Despite the US holiday, here’s a pile of BSD material.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/22


I actually got this started early, for once, instead of completing in a panic on Friday night.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/15


Totally last minute.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/08


Snow finally hit my area yesterday, which makes me happy.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/01


Hardly any source commits to point at this week, but there’s still lots of stuff happening in BSD-land.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/10/25


This week I was on top of the whole linking thing.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/10/18


Done at the last minute, like always, but surprisingly extensive this week:

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In Other BSDs for 2014/10/04


Whee!

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BSDNow 057: The Daemon’s Apprentice


This week’s BSDNow has an interview about mentoring with Steve Wills of FreeBSD, the usual array of news.  This week has more small device news than normal – NetBSD on Raspberry Pi and pfSense on a mini-ITX system.  And a mention of my desktop article!  I’m relevant!

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In Other BSDs for 2014/09/27


Not even trying source links this week; there’s plenty else to link.

Update: EuroBSDCon is livestreaming!  (via)

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BSDNow 056: Beastly Infrastructure


I normally post these on Thursday night, but I didn’t see it in my RSS feed.  I think this one feed is behind.  In any case, Episode 056 is a lengthy interview with Peter Wemm about the FreeBSD project infrastructure.  Allan and Kris are at EuroBSDCon, so I expect there will be some European BSD people getting interviewed in upcoming episodes.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/09/20


Low on the source links this week, but there’s plenty else.

Update: from talk@nycbug, George Rosamond gives a nice APU setup summary.

In Other BSDs for 2014/09/13


This has been a very hectic week for me, but I still have links for you.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/09/06


Why is it so warm out?  I want autumn to start.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/30


I went from 1 link to lots all in one night.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/23


Another long list.  These are making my Friday nights take some extra effort.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/16


A calm week, for once.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/09


A relatively short week; I’m on the move today.

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pkg 1.3 out


There’s a new version of pkg out – 1.3.  (via)  That’s an announcement on the FreeBSD-ports-announce list.  Since DragonFly also uses pkg, that means it’s available for DragonFly too.  John Marino reported on IRC that he’s testing a bulk build now, using it on DragonFly.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/02


I was thinking this was going to be a short week, but nope.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/07/26


Part of this was done while traveling, but still a decent week for links.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/07/20


I spent this week watching an older Cisco ASA slowly lose its ability to see parts of the Internet.  How did I fix it?  pfSense.

Your unrelated link of the week: Avery Monsen’s Vines.  Vines are an excellent way to make a very short comedy sketch.  Infinite Waffles and Break the Silence are my favorites so far.  (via)

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In Other BSDs for 2014/07/19


More than the usual source commit messages this week.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/07/12


Finally, a much more eventful week.  I already noted LibreSSL’s release.

 

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In Other BSDS for 2014/07/05


Another ‘quiet’ week – lots of commit activity in the other BSDs, but not a lot to point at directly.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/06/21


I have a backlog from stuff I missed last week while traveling, so we all benefit!

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Building with the system OpenSSL


If you’re building ports, it will treat OpenSSL as a dependency and bring in whatever version is available.  If perhaps you want to use the version of OpenSSL installed as part of your base system, Robin Hahling has the answer for how.  (This probably works on FreeBSD too.)

In Other BSDs for 2014/05/31


Some meaty links this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/05/24


A relatively calm week – probably because there were many people at BSDCan.

In Other BSDs for 2014/05/17


Some leftovers from last week since I’m catching up, so get ready to read.

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Atheros updates for sleep


Matthew Dillon brought in Adrian Chadd’s sleep state changes for the ath(4) driver from FreeBSD to DragonFly; you may see reduced power usage if you have the appropriate hardware.

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NYCBUG tomorrow: Bhyve


NYCBUG has a presentation from John Baldwin, happening on the 7th (tomorrow!), all about Bhyve, the BSD hypervisor.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/05/03


Updated late this week because of circumstances.

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A pkg 1.3 change to enjoy


The pkg tool, used in DragonFly (and FreeBSD) for ports, is at version 1.2.  Version 1.3 will apparently be able to solve the problem where one port is ended and replaced with another.  This is a problem that’s been around forever, and I don’t just mean with pkg.  I don’t know how soon 1.3 will be out, or what version FreeBSD is at.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/19


I’ve got “coverage” of most every BSD this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/12


Some out-of-the-ordinary things this week.

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Heartbleed and BSD


If you didn’t know what the Heartbleed bug is, here’s your explanation, plus details.  (via).  You should probably update your systems.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/05


Another week.

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Editor too big


Normally I don’t bother linking to things on/around April 1st, but these two are good and arrived early.

Update: apparently fake source changes is a thing.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/22


I have a list of commits I’ve saved between the various BSDs of licenses getting corrected to the 2-clause BSD license; that would definitely be a good cross-BSD project to sync.

In Other BSDs for 2014/03/15


Another week with lots of links.

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Setting up Poudriere


Poudriere is the tool for building all of ports/dports, and Michael W. Lucas has written up his experience using it to build a custom ports set.  He’s doing on FreeBSD, but if you ignore the geom-specific parts, it should generally apply to DragonFly.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/08


Links everywhere this week!

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/01


Another week where I barely need to look up source code commits.

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Spreading DMA


The DragonFly Mail Agent is being suggested as a possible sendmail replacement for FreeBSD.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/22


Read the first item, if nothing else.

 

 

 

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Tokyo meeting and Open Network Hardware


I was remiss in not posting this before it happened, but Issac (.ike) Levy of NYCBUG went to Tokyo to talk about the translation efforts for pfSense, on the 17th.  He posted a summary of his talk and slides.

Normally I would be posting this in an “In Other BSDs” Saturday item, but the summary page includes links on Open Network Hardware, which .ike and I talked about at NYCBSDCon.  I wanted to create a separate post for it, but he’s got all the links piled in with his talk summary already.

The hardware I want to see as a real product is the Intel ONP Switch Reference Design.  (PDF)   Having a device that looks like a switch but is actually a normal computer with a lot of network ports – that can run BSD – opens up a huge range of network possibilities.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/15


Lots of links, yet again.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/08


As you read this, I’m at NYCBSDCon – or at least should be.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/01


For once, I got this mostly done before late Friday night!

In Other BSDs for 2014/01/25


Back to relatively normal volume, this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/18


I didn’t even need to find source links this week.

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