The BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) is a UNIX operating system developed by University of California at Berkeley during the 70s and 80s.

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Sudo su vs su linux

If I enter in the password to su when prompted, it doesnt work while sudo su does. Also, when a command is executed using sudo (command), does sudo automatically execute it by root by default (since ...
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Why aren't all Mac applications easily portable to Linux?

Since the Apple OS-X operating system is a UNIX derivative (BSD), and the underlying (Intel) Mac architecture is the same, why isn't it very straightforward to get Apple-specific applications running ...
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Inverse multiplexing to speed up file transfer

I have send a large amount of data from one machine to another. If I send with rsync (or any other method), it will go at a steady 320kb/sec. If I initiate two or three transfers at once, each will go ...
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Mass renaming, *nix version

I was looking for a way to rename a huge number of similarly-named files, much like this one (a Windows-related question) except that I'm using *nix (Ubuntu and FreeBSD, separately). Just to sum up, ...
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Console commands to change virtual ttys in Linux and OpenBSD

In Linux one presses Alt-F1, Alt-F2 etc to change virtual ttys. In OpenBSD one shall use Ctrl-Alt-F1 etc instead. My question is if there are console commands for these two operating systems that ...
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What is the reason for rmdir(1) and rm(1) to co-exist?

I use BSD and Linux every day, I have never had a circumstance which I must use rmdir(1) rather than rm(1). What's the purpose of rmdir's existence?
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Why do we use cp to copy files and not dd? (in unix-derivatives)

For normal file copying in *nix, I've only ever seen people use cp (eg. cp /mnt/mydevice/myfile ~/myfile), but I eventually ran into dd, which appears to do the exact same thing (dd ...
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DragonFlyBSD and VirtualBox

Has anybody tried to run DragonFlyBSD (32-bit) over VirtualBox on a Windows (64-bit) host?
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FreeBSD compatibility layer on Linux

I am aware of Linux mode on FreeBSD, where Linux binaries can seamlessly be executed in FreeBSD. From the FreeBSD handbook: In effect, there is a Linux kernel in the FreeBSD kernel. The various ...
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Create a file whose size in bytes is the percentage of free space on a disk

I needed a command-line method of creating a file whose size in bytes is the percentage of free space on a disk. I intend to run it via cron every five minutes, but first a shell script will do. The ...
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Is there a command line calendar calculator?

Is there a command line calendar calculation which provides these features? Date (plus|minus) date interval calculation User specified input and output format
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compare cygwin to bsd

I have a Windows 7 laptop and I need UNIX/LINUX for an application. I have run across Cygwin which creates a UNIX 'shell' so that you can run software that requires this on your PC. One of the ...
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What's are the technical differences between “chmod -w file” and “chflags uchg file”

BSD/MacOS question. chmod -w file will remove all the write permissions from file chflags uchg file will set the user-immutable bit (aka "Locked" bit) on file Beyond the obvious statement of ...
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UTF-8 locale portability (and ssh)

I spend a lot of my time sshed into various machines, all of which are different (some are embedded, some run Linux, some run BSD, &c.). On my own local machines, however, i use OS X, which of ...
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Linux or BSD “smart” watch?

Many many years ago (2001) IBM were working on a Linux watch with Bluetooth (if memory serves). I wonder if anything like it is available now? Specifically, I'd want a watch that tells time and runs ...
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What is the BSD equivalent of Linux `netstat -lptun`?

In Linux, netstat -lptun gives a list of servers with the following details: protocol local and foreign address state PID and program name What is the command's equivalent in FreeBSD? Thanks.
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Lenovo S20 workstation allergic to Linux?

I got a new Lenovo S20 and I am having trouble loading Linux. I've loaded these variants with no success: Ubuntu desktop Ubuntu server Linux Mint CentOS vmWare esxi The live CD's run, and very ...
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How do you create virtual folders from saved search

I would like to have on unix-like platforms, the same functionality as to Windows 7 Library folders (aka virtual folders) you see in Windows Explorer. Gnome Nautilus do that kind of virtual folders ...
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Linux distribution with preference for permissive licenses

Is there a Linux distribution with a preference for permissive free software licenses (such as the BSD license), or, in other words, for avoiding GPL and other copyleft licenses? I do know about the ...
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No interfaces defined in new Linux installs after installing BSD

A few months back, I attempted an install of PCBSD on my laptop (EDIT: Thinkpad T420). Before installation, my partitions consisted of /swap, /, and /home for an Arch Linux install, and one ...
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“bad magic number” during fresh OpenBSD installation to a USB stick

Trying to install OpenBSD 5.2 onto disk sd0 (2GB USB storage connected to the computer). Burned install52.iso as image to a CD, loaded it into CD drive, and booted off it. After selecting [W]hole ...
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Is there a way to specify the number of CPUs which NetBSD may use throughout its uptime?

I am try to solve a very weird X problem, and I have noticed that changing number of CPU cores of the machine that NetBSD runs on may help me to solve it. What I wish to do is to give NetBSD 8 cores ...
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Hibernating/Saving state of a gnu-screen, to resume after reboot? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make GNU screen survive reboot Is it possible to hibernate or save the current state of a gnu-screen to resume after reboot?
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How to install GCC or a compiler on FreeNAS 7.2

I have a NAS, running FreeNAS 0.7.2 (FreeBSD 7.3). I have tried to install Flexget, but it requires some pysqlite dependency. I have python 2.6 and python-setuptools. Running ...
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ZFS & Deduplicating FLAC Data

I'm experimenting with using ZFS to deduplicate a large library of FLAC files. The purpose of this is twofold: Reduce storage utilization Reduce bandwidth needed to sync the library with cloud ...
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ssh terminal session times out, how can this be changed

It seems after about 5 minutes an inactive ssh session is terminated. The server is Ubuntu. How can I change this?
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Why doesn't ls -lh show the total size of all the files and directories in each directory?

For example, it shows the kernel as being 18M but the Applications folder as being 3.8K BSD/Darwin
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Is it possible to run a Linux / BSD app on a mac?

I don't care if I have to add libraries or build whatever on my end. I'm just hoping since OS X has the foundations of Unix that there's some way to run a Linux or BSD client. Specifically, we need ...
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What to you use as a “fuser -v -n tcp” alternative on Mac OS X

The fuser command on Mac OS X is rather primitive and can't check for processes listening on a specific port. Does anybody know a good alternative? It it enough to know which process listening on that ...
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FreeBSD password file

What would be FreeBSD password file equivalent of linux /etc/shadow and /etc/passwd? Is it the same? According to what I heard /etc/passwd exists in FreeBSD, but not sure in case of /etc/shadow.
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update file in tar

for Linux tar command: tar uf test.tar test.txt but for *BSD bsdtar command option u = r = append,that is can't update file ,only can append file and also ,I try compiled libarchive , proved ...
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What value do I pass to `xrandr --output`?

I wish to add a new modeline using xrandr, however when I want to switch to the new modeline, I am asked to provide --output. The manual page doesn't explain where I can get my options from. So how ...
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How to connect to Cisco W3550 with FreeBSD

There is a pfsense 2.0.1 (FreeBSD) and the command cu for access to the serial console, there is a Cisco W3550 attached but I can't get a connection. I try following Command: cu /dev/cuau0 -speed ...
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Questions about installing BSD on a *technically* external HDD

A little bit of background: 1) I have a 160 GB hard drive from a netbook 2) I also have a SATA->USB enclosure that the drive fits in perfectly Now, I'd like to install some flavor of BSD (probably ...
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mod_python won't “./configure” on BSD

I'm trying to install mod_python 3.3.1 on Apache 2.4.3 and whenever I try to run ./configure (with apxs etc) and instead of configuring correctly, it says that Apache 2.x is required and my current ...
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Keeping the wireless connected

I’m running OpenBSD on a computer which is connected via wireless to the network. It is a well supported NIC and I’ve had no problems with it from a hardware perspective. Unfortunately my wireless ...
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Is there an equivalent for AnyDVD on Unix?

What would be the equivalent to AnyDVD on Unix (linux,*bsd etc)?
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What BSD is the most friendly to a laptop? [closed]

Don't get me wrong here, I'm just probing opinions. I'd like to try BSD on my laptop, to learn more, to have fun with:) I'm currently choosing between NetBSD and OpenBSD, just a whim. What I'm ...
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Copy files off FreeBSD

I have a FreeBSD machine that I have to copy everything off the drive. The fielsystem is UFS and not readable by any other operating system. (great...) I have a USB flash drive (FAT32) I need to copy ...
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How do you determine if you're on a linux or BSD system inside a script?

I've got a rather extensive selection of dotfiles thats been kept in a git repo for the longest time - I just maintain a separate branch of code for bsd-isms (for instance, on Linux, to get colored ls ...
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Does using GMAKE, no longer make it possible to license my software under BSD? [closed]

If I create from scratch a software tool, but I want to use GMAKE (vs FreeBSD "make") to build my tool from source, does using GMAKE prevent me from license my tool under a BSD license since my tool ...
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Linux vs. BSD. Decide for Me [closed]

So I've decided to format one of my hard drives that I barely ever use and install a free, open operating system on it alongside my Windows 7 install. I'm torn between what I want to install, so I'm ...
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Is there any Linux Distro based on BSD

I have hp probook 4530s. I have tried variety of OS on this but after using 10-15mins its screen flicks and the system hangs. Check the attached screenshot This screen flicks for all windows OSs, ...
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Any Unix with Windows XP like fonts?

I'd like to try a Linux- or BSD-based OS on my desktop. But all distros I've seen so far have fonts that feel unnatural after Windows XP. Could you recommend a distributive or a way to make them like ...
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trying to install FreeBSD from a pen drive. Failed with error 19

I am trying to install FreeBSD from a pen drive. But it returns an error on boot. cd9660 :/dev/iso9660 error :/dev/iso9660/FREEBSD_INSTALL failed with error 19 and appears mountroot> command ...
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Running telnet standalone - possible? [closed]

So, this is what I want to do: there is a local non-superuser and it can upload the file into /tmp. Using this account, I download a telnet server package equivalent to what is already installed. I ...
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How much BSD is in OSX Lion? [closed]

OSX is commonly seen as the graphical shell on top of BSD. Lately, it seems as though Apple is adding more and more to 'core' OS functionality (sandboxing, versioning). Is there a steady progression ...
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Custom router distribution

I am looking at custom router firmware and came across DD-WRT, Open-WRT, PFSense, etc. Is it possible to install whatever OS you want onto the router, assuming you have the correct drivers for the ...
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Find BIOS update for HP Pavilion xt966

I installed FreeNAS on a HP Pavilion xt966. Every three seconds or so I message comes up on the console. acpi_tz0: _TMP value is absurd, ignored (-270.2C) From what I have been able to find this is ...
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Can't bood freebsd install

I have an amd64 architecture, three hard disks and grub2 in efi mode. FreeBSD is installed in the third disk using a gpt layout with another partition that doesn't contain an OS: partition 1 (NTFS) ...