vBSDcon 2015: September 11-13

A reminder that vBSDcon 2015, hosted by Verisign, is happening on September 11-13 in Reston, Virginia.

Please join us September 11-13, 2015 at the Sheraton in Reston, Virginia for the second biennial vBSDCon event. This exciting weekend will bring together members of the BSD community for a series of roundtable discussions, educational sessions, best practice conversations, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Administrators
  • Innovators

Link: http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-events/vbsdcon/index.xhtml

Install Nano on FreeBSD

This tutorial by user Victor Alex shows us how to get Nano set up on FreeBSD.


Let’s say you need nano on a FreeBSD system, maybe you don’t have the skills for Vi or it is other wise not available to you or you just like nano better.

Steps (4 total)


Make sure ports is installed

cd /usr/ports
if this doesn’t work (folder doesn’t exist) you’ll need to install posts first.

Update Bianaries

portsnap fetch update

extract updates

portsnap fetch extract update

Compile Nano

cd /usr/ports/editors/nano
make install clean
ln -s /usr/local/bin/nano /usr/bin/nano

Original: http://alexintutor.blogspot.com/2015/08/install-nano-on-freebsd.html

BSDCan 2015 Trip Report: Koop Mast

FreeBSD ports developer Koop Mast recounts his experience at BSDCan 2015. His trip was sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation. BSDCan was held at the University of Ottawa in June.

FBSDF15-yearsOriginal: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/08/bsdcan-2015-trip-report-koop-mast.html

I have been to two EuroBSDCon conferences and now I can add my first BSDCan to the list. The trip to Ottawa was just as interesting as the conference itself, it was the first time I stepped aboard an airplane. Purely by chance I found out, after I booked my flight, that I shared the same flight with Ed Schouten and Massimiliano Stucchi so they could help me with the confusing ant hill that is your average airport.

We arrived the 9th in Ottawa and after dropping off our stuff at the residence, we went to the Royal Oak for drinks and social activities.

During the dev summit or the actual BSDCan you can meet people you’ve only heard of before and have a conversation. In some cases, you can also find out they have heard of you before too. That happened to me during lunch on Wednesday, when I met Michael W. Lucas at Cora’s.

While I mostly work on FreeBSD ports, it was interesting to see how a company like Isilon uses at least part of the Project you work on in their product and how they’ve changed their policy over the years to keep up with all the shiny new stuff.

The hacking lounge was a mixed bag of what people were doing: talking with other people attending the conference about different subjects, discussing future projects, doing some code hacking or taking a soldering iron to “harmless” wireless routers. During one of the hacking lounges, Johannes Jost Meixner ask me to do a simple test with a few new ports to see if the skype4 port worked on HEAD. I also put the inspiration I got during a presentation into solving a segfault in PulseAudio that was bugging me for a while.


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FreeBSD Errata Notice FreeBSD-EN-15:13.vidcontrol

FreeBSD has issued an errata notice regarding vidcontrol(1) for syscons(4). Please see below to implement the proper measures.

Original: http://bsdsec.net/articles/freebsd-announce-freebsd-errata-notice-freebsd-en-15-13-vidcontrol

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FreeBSD-EN-15:13.vidcontrol                                     Errata Notice
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          Allow size argument to vidcontrol(1) for syscons(4)

Category:       core
Module:         vidcontrol
Announced:      2015-08-18
Credits:        Ed Maste
Affects:        FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE
Corrected:      2015-08-04 15:15:06 UTC (stable/10, 10.2-STABLE)
                2015-08-18 19:30:17 UTC (releng/10.2, 10.2-RC3-p1)
                2015-08-18 19:30:17 UTC (releng/10.2, 10.2-RELEASE-p1)

For general information regarding FreeBSD Errata Notices and Security
Advisories, including descriptions of the fields above, security
branches, and the following sections, please visit

I.   Background

The vidcontrol(1) utility is used to set various options for the syscons(4) or
vt(4) console driver, such as video mode, colors, cursor shape, screen output
map, font, and screen saver timeout.

The vidcontrol(1) utility allows specifying a font size and font file as
arguments to the '-f' flag.  When no size or file are specified, vidcontrol(1)
the default font will be used.

II.  Problem Description

The vidcontrol(1) does not properly allow specifying the font size when
invoked from the command line.

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