Monitoring your HDD using SMART and Nagios

“Monitoring of your computer systems is a good idea. There are many tools that let you verify that specified services are running, and available for clients. I use Nagios. You can check that Apache is still running, Postfix is still accepting mail, and various other things. If you can write a test, Nagios can monitor it.

Typically, people monitor network connections, applications, and bandwidth consumption. Until recently, I did not monitor disk health. That recently changed.

I started using three new tools:

In this article I’ll show you how I added SMART monitoring to my Nagios installation. munin is straight forward to install, but is outside the scope of this article. It is for another time.

This article also assumes you have Nagios installed and nrpe running on the host you are monitoring. I am using Fruity for my nagios configuration, so I will be glossing over that too.”

Go to the howto (FreeBSD Diary)

Clonezilla Live adds UFS support

Developer Steven Shiau has announced the release of version 1.2.4-28 of Clonezilla Live. Clonezilla is an open source clone system with features similar to Symantec Ghost Corporate Ed and Partimage.

In addition to translation updates and several bug fixes, the latest Clonezilla Live release adds support for new file systems. The LiveCD edition of Clonezilla now supports the Unix file system (UFS) used by FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.

Announcement | Clonezilla website

Released: FreeBSD 7.3

FreeBSD 7.3, the latest update of the project’s older, legacy series, has been released:

“The FreeBSD Release Engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE. This is the fourth release from the 7-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.2 and introduces a few new features. There will be one more release from this branch to allow future improvements to be made available in the 7-STABLE branch but at this point most developers are focused on 8-STABLE.

Some of the highlights:

  • ZFS updated to version 13
  • new boot loader gptzfsboot supports GPT and ZFS
  • hwpmc enhancements
  • new mfiutil and mptutil tools for widely-used RAID controllers
  • NULL pointer vulnerability mitigation
  • BIND updated to 9.4-ESV
  • GNOME updated to 2.28.2
  • KDE to 4.3.5
  • Perl to 5.10.

See the release announcement and release notes for a complete list of new features. – the end?

It was my aim to fill with information regarding the main 4 BSD operating systems: FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD and DragonFlyBSD, and in particular: major releases, bsd conferences, interviews, release dates etc.

Welcome to where where you can keep track of conference dates, BSD exams and release dates of BSD operating systems. You will also find reports about BSD conferences, user groups, trade shows, meetings, events, booths and presentations; all this with plenty of videos, photos and presentations

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to  do this. The domain bsdevents. net is expiring this month, but if somebody wants to take it over from me, including the current contents, let me know.

Versiera surpasses the Big 4 Infrastructure Management vendors

NetCraft Communications will release an updated version of its Versiera Infrastructure Management System next week along with new groundbreaking technology in rendering and visualizing large-scale enterprise network infrastructures.

Versiera is a remote monitoring and management system supporting a wide range of open source and commercial platforms including Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OS X, Solaris and Windows.

With the gaining popularity of cloud-based services from the likes of Amazon and Rackspace, secure management and monitoring has become a necessity. Versiera enables secure management and monitoring of technology infrastructures within the enterprise and outside of the organization in one of the Internet service clouds. For added security, Versiera assigns and manages digital certificates to all managed systems, authenticates and encrypts all communications and restricts communications to originate from managed hosts thus not exposing them to inbound management communications

“We wanted to bring new technologies and scalability to helping enterprises visualize their networks. By doing so we have surpassed solutions from the Big 4, HP, IBM, Microsoft and CA”, said CEO Ed Aarntzen ahead of next week’s production release of Versiera. “Our scalability is unmatched and we are now pushing the technology to visualize and continuously update networks with 50,000 devices and more while allowing administrators to fully interact with the visualizations”, he added.

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Audio presentations: 1 pfSense and 2 BSD for Linux Users

Dru Lavigne has uploaded the audio file of her presentation at SCALE 2010 talk on BSD for Linux Users is now available in mp3 format. Slides are available as PDF

She also mentioned an mp3 of a NYCBUG session on PFSense II, Rocking The Datacenter.

pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution. 7.5 for FreeBSD

No, it’s not released, but Martin Wilke is looking for a few brave people to test 7.5 for FreeBSD:

Please take a look on our Wikipage. There you can find the svn repo to checkout ports.

A small merge script to merge the svn checkout into the real portstree could be found here:

The script is a modified version of the kdemerge script. Please set the KDEDIR variable to the path of your

After merging please try

portupgrade -af \*
portmaster -af

Please report any problems and issus to x11 (at)

Martin’s announcement

(Free)BSD quick news and links


  • Returning committer: Niels Heinen (ports) (07/03/2010)
  • New committer: Neel Natu (src) (03/03/2010)


1. Quick Poll – which pages would you like to see  printed from Dru’s latest book in the upcoming BSD Magazine issue?

2. How does PC-BSD 8.0 compare with Kubuntu 9.10?   This is probably comparing apples with pears, but for those liking comparison reviews, check PC-BSD 8.0 vs. Kubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks

In a majority of the tests, Kubuntu 9.10 performed better than PC-BSD 8.0, but the tests we used in this article are just a subset of what is available to run on both platforms via the Phoronix Test Suite so for those deciding between running PC-BSD / FreeBSD it is important to run the tests relevant to you and also consider the other features at hand for both free software operating systems.

3. PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

PC-BSD is a desktop-oriented, FreeBSD-based distribution with KDE as the default desktop environment. The version due to be released shortly is PC-BSD 8. Because it the only BSD-based desktop distribution that’s in a position to compete with the best Linux desktop distributions, I’ll be publishing a number of articles over the next few weeks to introduce those not yet familiar with it to some of its management tools. This post takes a look at the graphical firewall manager.


OpenSSH 5.4 released

Damien Miller (djm@) posted to announce@ with the announcement of OpenSSH 5.4. Some highlights of this release are the disabling of protocol 1 by default, certificate authentication, a new ‘netcat mode’, many changes on the sftp front (both client and server) and a collection of assorted bugfixes. The new release can already be found on a large number of mirrors and of course on

Please read on for the full release announcement

AsiaBSDCon 2010

AsiaBSDCon 2010 will be held from 11-14 March in Tokyo

AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in 11-14 March, 2010. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin and MacOS X. AsiaBSDCon is a technical conference and aims to collect the best technical papers and presentations available to ensure that the latest developments in our open source community are shared with the widest possible audience.

AsiaBSD 2010 Schedule and timetable