Scott Ullrich of the pfSense project announced the switch of the builder system over to FreeBSD 7.1.
Currently version is 1.2.3-PRERELEASE-TESTING.
Daily builds can be downloaded here.
Qestion: I want to use our NAS server to store backups. Our NAS supports FTP and CIFS / SMB sharing technology. How do I mount and store files on NAS using FreeBSD? How do I automate entire procedure using a shell script? Is that doable? If so, what’s the easiest solution ftp or CIFS?
Answer. The mount_smbfs command mounts a share from a remote server using SMB/CIFS protocol. You can easily mount NAS share using the following syntax:
Source: cyberciti.biz (25/01/2008)
ccache is a compiler cache. It speeds up re-compilation of C/C++ code by caching previous compiles and detecting when the same compile is being done again.
The following is a step by step guide to how to enable and use ccache on FreeBSD 7.1:
.if (!empty(.CURDIR:M/usr/src*) || !empty(.CURDIR:M/usr/obj*)) && !defined(NOCCACHE)
Basically we’ve started by installing ccache (steps 1 through 3) and proceeded by editing /etc/make.conf as to enable ccache on builds.
Now we need to update the environment.
Further instructions here
Source: linux-bsd-sharing.blogspot.com (19/01/2009)
Geekmalaya has a post with 18 points on why the writer thinks FreeBSD is better than Linux.
I’m only linking to this article for information – please don’t start a flame war here. Read the whole article and the reasoning here.
Source: geekmalaya.com – 22/01/2009
The FreeBSD bugbusting team is coordinating a network bugathon, which will be held from 2009-01-30 to 2009-02-01 (Fri-Sun). The plan is to work through all network related PRs still open in GNATS. Everyone is welcome to join and help this effort.
Lots of more information is available on the FreeBSD wiki: http://wiki.freebsd.org/Bugathons/January2009
IRC channel where all the fun stuff will happen: #freebsd-bugbusters on EFNet
Source: FreeBSD Forums
The instructions are in German and can’t unfortunately be automatically translated with Google Translate since the link is https. The steps and commands are easy to follow, but if you’re not altogether sure, copy the (part of the) text and paste it in Google Translate.
“After loader support for ZFS was imported into FreeBSD around a month ago, I’ve been thinking of installing a ZFS-only system on my laptop. I also decided to try out using the GPT layout instead of using disklabels etc.
The first thing I started with was to grab a snapshot of FreeBSD CURRENT. Since sysinstall doesn’t support setting up ZFS etc, it can’t be used, so one have to use the Fixit environment on the FreeBSD install cd to set it up. I started out by removing the existing partition table on the disk (just writing zeros to the start of the disk will do). If you’re reading this before the january 2009 snapshot of CURRENT comes out , you have to create your own iso image in order to get loader with the latest fixes. Look in src/release/Makefile and src/release/i386/mkisoimages.sh for how to do this.
Then, the next step was to setup the GPT with the partitions that I wanted to have. Using gpt in FreeBSD, one should create one partition to contain the initial gptzfsboot loader. In addition, I wanted a swap partition, as well as a partition to use for a zpool for the whole system.
To setup the GPT, I used gpart(8) and looked at examples from the man-page. The first thing to do is to setup the GPT partition scheme, first by creating the partition table, and then add the appropriate partitions”
Step-by-step instructions can be found here (Lost in volumes – 16/12/2008)