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Cloud Server: Which MTA (exim/postfix/etc.) on What OS (Linux/FreeBSD)

My company wants to migrate the current mail server into a Cloud Server Provider. The Provider is the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) kind, not SaaS (Software as a Service). That means I have to ...
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Windows Domain Server on FreeBSD

Is it possible (and if it is, could you point me in the proper direction) to set up a Windows Domain server (active directory and all that stuff) on a FreeBSD machine? I do understand that I need to ...
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Location of user passwords in FreeBSD

I am in a system administration course in college in which I have my own FreeBSD server set up, so I obviously can login as the root user. I need to figure out where the actual passwords for users are ...
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Custom X application RCNG startup script woes

I am attempting to build a FreeBSD + XBMC based media box. Everything is all working fine except for one point. I need to boot XBMC as an RCNG startup script, which is all fine, except: If the ...
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Why root's default shell is configured differently with other normal user account's default shell?

As I know, root's default shell is configured csh and normal user's default shell is sh in FreeBSD. And in Ubuntu, root is dash, normal user is bash. (refer: What's the Ubuntu's default shell?) Why ...
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Some people told me FreeBSD is NOT Unix, is that right? Confused

Some people told me FreeBSD is NOT Unix, is that right? I'm confused. I checked some articles, but the expressions are pretty vague, and I need some clarification.
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RealTek 8101E ethernet card or similar doesn't work on FreeBSD

I'm trying to install FreeBSD on my netbook using an usb sitck but I'm running into a major problem, my ethernet card doesn't work. ifconfig -a only returns me lo0 … but dmesg | grep re0 ...
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Has OpenBSD's ntpd replacement been ported to other BSDs? Or Linux?

I know the OpenBSD team wrote a from-scratch replacement for ntpd—OpenNTPD—that is available via pkgsrc/ports. My question is more about the base system: Is OpenNTPD the default ntpd in the base ...
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FreeBSD 8.1 on MacBook 5,2

I've been trying to dual-boot FreeBSD 8.1 with Mac OS X on my MacBook (5,2), but am having trouble trying to get the live cd to boot. I reach the FreeBSD Boot Loader Screen with the options for boot, ...
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FreeBSD's kernel is 'locked'?

I happened to talk to a Mac Genius on the subject of viruses. He mentioned that the FreeBSD kernel on which the Mac OS is based is 'locked' and therefore no viruses can ever harm my Mac. I didn't ...
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“Too many arguments to function” error while installing php5-pdo_mysql from ports in FreeBSD

I'm having a trouble while installing php5-pdo_mysql in my FreeBSD environment. Everytime I trys to do /usr/ports/databases/php5-pdo_mysql make install the console gives me this error: ...
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Starting A Bind/DHCP server

I am looking for some reading material on starting my own BIND/DHCP server. I mainly want the bind server to just be a caching server and for my home computers but it may also need to be authoritative ...
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Where can I find a log file that logs ports error messages in FreeBSD?

I looked in /var/log/ but there isn't any log files that records ports log, and I just found this person asking the same thing in other forum and get an answer which stating there is no such file. If ...
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Share Internet connection from a Debian laptop to a FreeBSD desktop

I have this situation: My Debian laptop is connected to the Internet via its wlan interface through my wireless router. Recently I decided to install FreeBSD on a very old machine (a celeron 300Mhz) ...
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Multibooting FreeBSD and other Linux distros

Long story short: Have one laptop, need to multiboot FreeBSD/OpenBSD as well as a number of Linux distros. Which one do you think should go first? FreeBSD offers a bootMgr, but I'm not sure how it ...
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How can I avoid the prompts when installing a FreeBSD port?

When I install a port, I am often presented with a menu screen to select configuration options. If I'm going to install a really big package with lots of dependencies, that will be extremely ...
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where to start open-source work? [closed]

This one got closed: freeBSD or linux or something else? But I have a sincere question here. I want to know from the pros what is better for a newbie to start working on. I want to learn/contribute. ...
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802.3ad on FreeBSD and Linux using crossover cables?

I have setup a NFS server on FreeBSD 8.1, which will be serving one Linux client. Each box has a dual-port 1gig fiber card, and each box is directly connected to the other over this link. There is ...
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Calculate the date from 1125 days ago on non-GNU systems?

On the Unix Bash commandline, I want to calculate the date from 1125 days ago using the base operating system (e.g. No Perl or Python). On systems running GNU Date, I can do something like this: ...
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FreeNAS grub2 booting ISO

I've got usb-keys setup to multi-boot different Linux images. I wouldn't mind adding FreeNAS, and there's a doc with samples to add to grub.cfg menuentry "FreeNAS-8.0.4-RELEASE-x64" { insmod ufs2 ...
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Is there a simple flag to prevent installing X and anything that depends on it via ports?

I'm running FreeBSD in a small VMWare image and I want to keep it headless. Is there a setting someplace that will guarantee I never pull in X as a dependency, or will I have to rely solely on eternal ...
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How to install compiler and binutils on FreeNAS?

I'd like to run a backup tool, duplicity, that apparently requires a cc compiler and binutils. I'm able to locate and install the required BSD packages for python, gcc, and dependencies from ...
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FreeBSD in USB Flash Drive

I like to use live FreeBSD in my USB flash drive. How can i do it ? Please give clear way to do it.
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How do I setup Alpine to connect my Gmail account using IMAP?

I am using FreeBSD 8.1 and just installed Alpine email client. I wonder if anybody knows how to setup Alpine to get mail from a Gmail account using IMAP.
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How do I find where a port is?

If I want to find out which directory under /usr/ports contains a port like "gnome-terminal", how can I do that? Is there an easy command? At the moment I use things like echo */gnome-terminal ...
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Invalid greeting from server

I'm trying to csup and i'm getting "Invalid greeting from server" su-3.2# /usr/bin/csup -z -h cvsup.freebsd.org /usr/share/examples/cvsup/standard-supfile Connected to 72.233.193.64 Invalid greeting ...
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ipfw : Traffic Shaping

I'm not sure what but it seems like I'm doing something wrong... my objective is to be able to limit some of my traffic, to be exact www traffic. One of my clients os running what's called a ...
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How to set up two-factor authentication with OTP on FreeBSD?

I have a FreeBSD hosted server that I like to be able to get to from anywhere. Normally I use SSH publickey to log in, or if I don't have my SSH private key available then I might use regular password ...
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How do I add PC BSD / FreeBSD to Grub 2 boot loader?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed as my primary operating system, and I installed PC BSD in a different partition: /dev/sda4 without installing it's boot loader. I figured out that I need to edit ...
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FreeBSD: Which branch is supported for longer?

Can someone help explain the FreeBSD support policy? I'm looking at http://security.freebsd.org/#sup , which says: Branch Release Type Release Date Estimated EoL RELENG_6 ...
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Updating FreeBSD 8.0 to 8.1 (methods and policy)

I have 8.0-RELEASE-p4 + few ports installed. I wonder wheather I should update to 8.1. How long is 8.0 supported? How to update the system? I couldn't find anything about it in handbook. SOLUTION ...
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Where does Mac OS X come from?

Discussing with Mac owners, I got several versions of where Mac OS X comes from. It is known to have some root in BSD, but how much, and where? Some say that Mac OS X has a FreeBSD kernel, with all ...
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vim on FreeBSD does not react on arrow keys correctly and other vi-like behaviours

I tried to use vim on FreeBSD (via ssh on Linux xterm-compatible terminal). However vim behaves similar to vi out-of-box. For example it does not react on delete key, insert F character instead of ...
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How do I recursively apply PKGREPOSITORY when calling make package-recursive in FreeBSD?

I'm trying to create a package of Apache and its dependencies: sudo make package-recursive \ __MAKE_CONF=~/make.apache22.conf \ PKGREPSOITORY=/usr/home/gvkv Everything works fine; Apache and its ...
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What does 'mergemaster' do that 'make distribution' doesn't?

After calling make installworld (or make world), there are two ways of updating source files in the new world: calling mergemaster -p or make distribution. I know that mergemaster calls make ...
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How do I connect a serial terminal to a KVM instance?

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what KVM is capable of, but the ability to add/remove hardware on the VM seems to imply I can add a serial port that then acts as a terminal. So, my questions are: ...
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FreeBSD: How to fix “ping: sendto: No buffer space available”?

I'm trying to ping a remote host, but I get an error. # ping 192.168.80.1 PING 192.168.80.1 (192.168.80.1): 56 data bytes ping: sendto: No buffer space available ping: sendto: No buffer space ...
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What is using this network socket?

I'm trying to use NTP to update the time on my machine. However, it gives me an error: host # ntpdate ntp1.example.org 10 Aug 12:38:50 ntpdate[7696]: the NTP socket is in use, exiting What does the ...
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How can I use DD to migrate data from an old drive to a new drive?

I am upgrading the internal SATA hard drive on my laptop from a 40G drive to a 160G drive. I have a Linux/Ubuntu desktop which has a SATA card. I would actually like to do the same thing for a couple ...