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Replacing Mac OSX with Linux Distro, or FreeBSD [closed]

I have a Macbook Pro 8,2 and really want to make the switch to something a little less stubborn and a little more flexible than the proprietary Mac OS X. I am a bit frustrated with MacPorts lately and ...
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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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How to change Squid service UID in FreeBSD?

Strangely enough, it appears that Squid cannot start if the squid user is not affected to the UID 100. When trying to use another PID, the service systematically fails to start with the following ...
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FreeBSD: How can I install kernel sources for 10.2-STABLE version?

Lots of articles and posts on internet tell how to install the kernel sources for FreeBSD x-RELEASE versions, but none of them for X-STABLE. For example, my FreeBSD version is 10.2-STABLE. How can ...
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NTP works but clock is not the same

I'm trying to sync multiple machines (9 machines that are cloned from one machine so they have exactly same config) on a LAN using NTP. All machines are running FreeBSD 10.2 on VirtualBox with Ubuntu ...
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Is it possible to compile individual software from the FreeBSD source tree?

I wonder if it is possible to compile individual software packages from FreeBSD source tree without compiling the whole kernel and world....Say,for example ex , which is included in the nvi (new vi) ...
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FreeBSD on Raspberry Pi2

I want to build FreeBSD custom Image for my Raspberry Pi2. I have read about the boot process in RPi2. I also went through the chrochet build instruction document. I learned from some websites that ...
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How to prevent FreeBSD from disconnecting a drive device?

While accessing a drive with high error rates (as, for example, here for opensuse) in FreeBSD, the system eventually disconnects the drive and it disappears from /dev. This makes it impossible to run ...
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How to install FreeBSD 10 from USB Hard drive?

I need to install FreeBSD 10 on an old PC with no CD drive but it has a USB port. I'm on a laptop running Windows 8.1 and have downloaded the FreeBSD 10 DVD ISO image. I have an external USB hard ...
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FreeBSD missing PCIIDS

I was trying FreeBSD in VirtualBox and so when I was compiling the VirtualBox guest additions (through ports), I got an error. PCIIDS could not be found on any of the FreeBSD servers, and so, my ...
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Why are devd rules applied before devfs rules?

My problem I have the following lines in /etc/devd.conf which execute the usbhidaction for a /dev/uhid* device with the named vendor and product id. attach 100 { match "vendor" "0x046a"; ...
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Other than /etc/rc.conf what other config files control system services at boot time?

I am still very new to FreeBSD, from what I have learned in manuals, /etc/rc.conf controls system services at boot time. There is no mention of sendmail and syslogd in /etc/rc.conf, so how come they ...
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How do I check active crons?

I'm trying to hunt down a cron job (or the equivalent) which I know is running, but I can't find it in the default cron files for my system (FreeBSD / Linux / BSD). How can I tell which ones are ...
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Verbose shutdown messages

I am using BSD at the moment and think I have an X compatibility problem where my computer doesn't shut down. It can cause problems because I have to turn off the power manually while there is no ...
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Installing centos and freebsd with serial console

I am trying to install Centos 5.7 and FreeBSD 8.2 on KVM with serial console access. This is what I used: sudo virt-install -n freebsd -r 1024 --vcpus=2 --os-type unix --accelerate -v --disk ...
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How to block outgoing connections from process/user on FreeBSD?

My server executes third party software which processes user submitted files. I want to block outgoing connections from my process. How can I do it in FreeBSD?
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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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Accessing Luks-encrypted disc from FreeBSD

I have some data on a ZFS in a machine running FreeBSD that needs evacuation. I have a disc in a USB enclosure with enough space, but it's encrypted using Luks on a machine running Linux. Is there any ...
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Create binary package without ports?

I am trying to build a binary package on freebsd. All the guides which i am finding are saying basically to build binary package from already installed software using ports. What i am searching for a ...
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FreeBSD restore(8) confusion

I have successfully backed up the /, /usr and the var slices from an old machine. I have tar files on my windows machine. I need to restore the original slices to a new machine (Virtual Machine). ...
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No packages Apache and mod_wsgi3 have been found in the repositories

I'm trying to instal Apache24 and mod_wsgi3 to my FreeBSD VPS (droplet) with this command: sudo pkg install bash ap24-mod_wsgi3 py27-virtualenv mysql56-server but apparently 'ap24-mod_wsgi3' has ...
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What does iwa/iwl/iwm/iwn mean in FreeBSD?

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T440 which I was looking to install FreeBSD on. The laptop has an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chip which doesn’t seem to be supported (yet). On my travels, researching ...
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What is the difference between the FreeBSD flags, immutable and unlink?

What are the differences or similarities among the FreeBSD flags, simmutable/uimmutable and sunlink/uunlink? Reading man chflags, I see these flags: schg, schange, simmutable set the system ...
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Not possible to use batch mode?! FreeBSD gpg 1.4.19

I use a script to decrypt my password for offlineimap, but somehow it's not working anymore ... The file was encrypted with gpg --symmetric password For offlineimap I use this combination. gpg ...
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Non-interactive customization and installation of FreeBSD Ports

I'm new to FreeBSD, coming from a Linux background. I want to install a port, changing one of the default configuration options, in a non-interactive way (so that I can script the installation for ...
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Installing FreeBSD in VirtualBox aborts unexpectedly

I have tried installing FreeBSD-10.0-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso into VirtualBox 3 times already today (each time starting from a fresh creation of a VM) and right when I'm about to Exit (Apply ...
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Reading FreeBSD UFS formatted external drive in Mac OS X

I have an external USB drive with backup files formatted in FreeBSD's UFS file system. When I plug it into a computer running Mac OS X 10.9.4, I cannot read the drive's contents, and I don't have ...
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Do I need to setup my ZFS (using FreeBSD 10) for foreign-language files (e.g. filenames in Japanese/Thai/etc language)?

I am in the process of setting up a ZFS file server. I am planning to store all sorts of files in it. I have several hundred music tracks that are in Japanese/Korean native character. I want the file ...
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Expanding the disk size on pfsense under VMWare ESXi

I've been testing pfsense on ESXi for a while. And now I'm almost running out of space. Currently it holds around 30GB and I would like to expand it to 150GB as I'm planning on installing squid for ...
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FreeBSD 10 on VirtualBox not booting into GDM

Instead, I get a plain shell prompt log-in. After logging in, I try gdm start but get this: # gdm start ** (gdm-binary:977): WARNING **: Failed to acquire org.gnome.DisplayManager ** ...
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How to add crontab in FreeBSD

I am trying to add a job to my crontab in FreeBSD but it is not working : I have used this to add the job: sudo crontab -e -u vaibhav @daily /home/vaibhav/applications/comparison/scrapy but it is ...
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How to boot into FreeBSD installed in the second partition of an external drive

I have installed FreeBSD 9.1 on the second partition of an external hard disk and I'm not able to get my computer to boot from it. FreeBSD was installed using the FreeBSD memstick image dd'd onto a ...
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Logrotate maually on FreeBSD 8

I am able to rotate any log file manually via logroatate like this: logrotate -f /etc/logrotate.d/my-hourly-file I want to know how to perform the same action on FreeBSD 8? My investigation shows ...
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Network interfaces for Jails

I have been reading over the creation of Jails on FreeBSD, and one stumbling block I have is regarding network interfaces. Say my local router is 10.0.2.1, and the BSD box is 10.0.2.5. I would like ...
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FreeBSD: Remove symlinks in devfs

Background I have been rebuilding a small home NAS. This server represents my first 'real' foray into the world of server administration and it has taught me quite a bit already. Originally, the ...
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FreeBSD 9 Sound Driver

I installed FreeBSD 9. I'm trying to make a sound to work but no luck. My Sound Card: Realtek ALC898 Can someone help me how to make it to work (I'm creating custom kernel)? Base on FreeBSD ...
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FreeBSD: Stable branch back to release

I'm currently using FreeBSD 8-STABLE, and I'm just a little confused about what I will do when FreeBSD 9 is released. Will I need to change anything in my stable-supfile? How do I go about getting ...
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Is there an in-memory compressed swap facility (like Compcache) for FreeBSD?

Is there anything like CompCache for FreeBSD?
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Comparing ping times in FreeBSD sh

How can I strip the time from a ping return? For example: 64 bytes from 10.3.0.1: icmp_seq=0 ttl=63 time=2.610 ms I want to grab the value after time= and pass it to a test like: if time>=50.0; ...
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ACLs and classic permissions

I'm trying to set up a git server on my FreeNAS server. The problem I have is with setting up the permissions for different users/groups just as I want. Basically I have two different groups: ...
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Toolbar icons unable to load when running Emacs through xhost from FreeBSD to Ubuntu

I'm connected to a FreeBSD Computer using ssh [ip] -X, and emacs launches just fine, but this happens and all the icons are little pieces of paper with red X's: > emacs (emacs:22812): ...
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How to dual boot PC-BSD 10.3 (with zfs file system) and debian 7 (crunchbang) using grub2 boot loader in MBR?

I want to dual boot PC-BSD 10.3 with ZFS as the root file system (the only file system) with Debian 7 (crunchbang linux) with ext4 using grub2 boot loader installed in MBR and grub is managed by the ...
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Low-level disk access in FreeBSD

I'm developing a utility that needs to do low-level random access of disks (read individual sectors). In Linux I accomplish this by accessing the corresponding block device (e.g. /dev/sda). However, ...
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Obtain device name and mount point if partition label is known

How to obtain the partition device name and mount point when the file system label is known? There are several possibilities: Linux File system label to device name The device name can be obtained ...
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How to mount FreeBSD 9.0 iso file writable mode?

I want to edit bsdinstall script of freebsd 9.0 iso file. I tried to extract files,edit and recreate iso but I couldn't boot it.I realized that some of files missed while extracting. I also use ...
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Java on FreeBSD

Is it possible to get the latest Java (Java 7u3 or Java 6u31) on FreeBSD? Everything i found on the internet is outdated. I currently have 6u24 from the packagemanager which works for now but may get ...
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Installing FreeBSD without removable media from CentOS 6

I've been tasked with installing FreeBSD 8 alongside CentOS 6, without the luxury of removable media. CentOS 6 is already on the machine, and running quite nicely. However, I cannot figure out how to ...
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National characters in manpages

I am trying to get a proper display of national characters with FreeBSD man. I have tried running the following on 8.1 and 9.0: # PAGER=less LANG="pl_PL.UTF-8" man -d -M. ./man.1 -- Using ...
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What port range will ipfw nat use for aliasing?

I am using ipfw nat with the following config ipfw -q nat 1 config if em0 Which TCP and UDP ranges will the NAT choose its alias ports from? I would like it to be always from the range 49152–65535, ...
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Letting NFS through a FreeBSD PF firewall

I'm trying to configure my firewall (PF) on FreeBSD to let NFS traffic through. I know that NFS uses both TCP and UDP to connect to the client along with a bunch of daemons that use random port ...