Monthly Archives: October 2008

Run named within FreeBSD Jail

I spent some time this afternoon trying to setup named (BIND 9.5) within a FreeBSD jail for internal use.  I ran into an issue where it was unable to mount devfs and failed on me.  After a little bit of digging I found a solution. This is the error that was reported (see link): /etc/rc.d/named:… Read More »

Restrict Edit-Access to MediaWiki

I setup a personal wiki some time ago but it quickly was overrun by spam.  Just about the point that I considered abandoning it altogether I figured out how to restrict edit access.  This post, more than anything, is a note to myself… but as always it’ll end up on the Google machine and hopefully… Read More »

FreeBSD 7.0 – Update The Boot Delay (Faster Boot)

By default FreeBSD sets a ten second delay during the boot process allowing the user to select alternate boot options.  Options such as single user mode, recovery, etc.  If you’d like to change this boot delay to something more reasonable you can add the following to your /boot/loader.conf: autoboot_delay=X I’ve set mine to two seconds… Read More »

Putting Beastie Back In The Boot Menu

If you’ve used FreeBSD in the past you’re likely familiar with the mascot, Beastie.  In the past Beastie was part of the boot menu, but recently he was replaced with a simple FREEBSD text image.  To put Beastie back in the menu you can add the following to your /boot/loader.conf: loader_logo=”beastiebw” Next time you reboot… Read More »

Dell Latitude D630 – FreeBSD – Wireless (ipw3945)

Activating the wireless on your Dell Latitude D630 is fairly easy. For whatever reason its not supported in the default generic kernel, but all it takes is adding a few lines to a config file. A added the following lines to the /boot/loader.conf: if_wpi_load=”YES” wlan_load=”YES” wlan_amrr_load=”YES” firmware_load=”YES” wpifw_load=”YES” legal.intel_wpi.license_ack=1 These steps are also outlined in… Read More »

How To Install FreeBSD 7.x From USB

I have the horrible habit of not putting a label on a CD after I’ve burned it.  This leads to having a stack of CDs and not knowing which does what.  This was my problem recently when installing FreeBSD, so I decided to start using USB based installations where possible.  I prefer the multiple-write capability… Read More »