Category Archives: FreeBSD

Weekly Update Notifications via Portmaster

Update: I have suggested a minor improvement to this setup.  Read More… For some time now I’ve been maintaining about a dozen FreeBSD jails, each running a different set of services. Everything from email to BIND, DHCP to nagios. One of the difficulties of trying to maintain so many servers has been tracking and applying… Read More »

dhcpd inside ezjail

I have had all kinds of problems getting dhcpd running properly inside a FreeBSD jail.  I finally got it running this morning and wanted to document what I’ve done in hopes that I can recreate it. On the host system I had to allow sockets within jails.  This is done by adding this line to… Read More »

update your system (and ports) with csup

I want to thank one of the readers who left a comment recently regarding the use of cvsup.  Apparently, some time ago, cvsup was replaced with a smaller, faster utility which comes included in the base OS.  This tool is simply: csup. Some of the benefits of using csup instead of cvsup are: It comes… Read More »

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 »

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 »