Find Out When an RPM Was Installed

Just the other day we were auditing some of the packages on our production application servers and found a few that we were surprised about.  None of us remember installing them, so we set out to try and find out who might have done it, and when it might have happened.  The other two admins… Read More »

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 »

New Theme

I spent some time this afternoon on the bus ride home setting a new theme to the blog here. I’ve also cleaned up the categories. Ohh, and the most exciting part (even if it is transparent to the end-user), I upgraded to WordPress trunk. If you have not seen the new dashboard in WP 2.7… Read More »