IT notes


To load kernel modules after local disks are mounted add this to /etc/rc.conf: kld_list="fuse" in this case module fuse will be loaded


To get an overview of the system: # sysctl -a | egrep -i 'hw.machine|hw.model|hw.ncpu' hw.machine: amd64 hw.model: Intel(R) Xeon(R) Silver 4110 CPU @ 2.10GHz hw.ncpu: 16 hw.machine_arch: amd64

MANIFEST No Such File or Directory

If when trying to install FreeBSD using bsdinstall you get: "Error while fetching file:///usr/freebsd-dist/MANIFEST" - no such file or directory Try to: [email protected]:~ # mkdir -p /usr/freebsd-dist/ [email protected]:~ # touch /usr/freebsd-dist/MANIFEST And then start again


The sockstat command list open Internet or UNIX domain sockets. List open tcp in ipv4: # sockstat -4l Show connectd sockets in port 443 and tcp: # sockstat -P tcp -p 443 -c List unix sockets: # sockstat -u


Update Freebsd using freebsd-update: Set in /etc/rc.conf: kern_securelevel_enable="NO" kern_securelevel="0" reboot and then: # freebsd-update upgrade -r 10.4-RELEASE # freebsd-update install # reboot # freebsd-update install Repeate then to upgrade to 11.1 freebsd-update upgrade -r 11.1-RELEASE Only security patches: # freebsd-update fetch # freebsd-update install To update the packages: # pkg-static upgrade -f # freebsd-update install A forced upgrade of all installed packages will replace the packages with fresh versions from the repository even if the version number has not increased.


When updating if get something like this: pkg: Newer FreeBSD version for package jsoncpp: - package: 1101503 - running kernel: 1100506 Try uname -KU to get the version, and then: pkg -o OSVERSION=1100506 update -f pkg -o OSVERSION=1100506 upgrade

update port

Make a copy of the current port: cp -R <port-name> <port-name>.orig Work on the port: make makesum make checksum make stage make check-orphans make package make install make deinstall make clean Crete the diff, first change one level up: diff -u port-name.orig port-name > port-name.diff Submit the patch.


To start an application on port 80 being not root: sysctl net.inet.ip.portrange.reservedhigh=79 That will allow to bind an application in any port > 79, to allow any port: sysctl net.inet.ip.portrange.reservedhigh=0 Add this to /etc/sysctl.conf to keep changes persistent across reboots: net.inet.ip.portrange.reservedhigh=79

Syslogd 8 bit

If want to log full utf-8 strings “emoji’s” use the option -8, example on /etc/rc.conf: syslogd_flags="-ssC8" The optiosn are: -s Operate in secure mode. Do not log messages from remote machines. If specified twice, no network socket will be opened at all, which also disables logging to remote machines. -C Create log files that do not exist (permission is set to 0600). -8 Tells syslogd not to interfere with 8-bit data.

vm tools

vmware tools guest FreeBSD While running FreeBSD as a guest on VMWARE the vm-tools can be installed with this: $ pkg install open-vm-tools-nox11 Later enable them on /etc/rc.conf: vmware_guest_vmblock_enable="YES" vmware_guest_vmhgfs_enable="YES" vmware_guest_vmmemctl_enable="YES" vmware_guest_vmxnet_enable="YES" vmware_guestd_enable="YES"