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Which file-system is good for movable disk between many different OSs?

I often use movable disk (USB) to change data between different OSs, almost four kinds -- Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, FreeBSD. Obviously, VFAT is supported in all kinds of OSs. But the short is: It ...
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How do I install FreeBSD on my MacBook Pro?

It's my first time ever reformatting and I want to do this right. A friend of mine gave me the 8.1 disc1 iso file and said that's all I need, but I'm a little confused on how to reboot with it. Also, ...
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FreeBSD csh style history auto completion in bash

I am looking for a way to make it so that my ubuntu bash shell has the same kind of history completion as you get with csh in FreeBSD. The behavior is that on the command line if i start to type ...
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Disabling syslogd in FreeBSD

I'm running FreeBSD in a very small VM with about 1.5G of space. I'd like to disable syslogd to save disk space, but there is no entry for it in /etc/rc.conf. service -e shows that syslogd is indeed ...
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nginx don't log anything

I'm running a FreeBSD 9-Stable server, with nginx. My configuration is here: user www www; worker_processes 5; error_log /var/log/nginx/nginx-error.log; events { worker_connections 1024; } http { ...
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Accesing internet with Host-Only network VirtualBox

I have two VMs in my VirtualBox. Both are FreeBSD and should communicate between each other. I have created network with DHCP enabled and set like this: Server Address 10.10.10.1 Server Mask ...
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FreeBSD's shell (bash) performance issue on eBox 3350mx (vortex86mx SoC)

I have an ebox 3350mx that acts as a headless home server offering various local services like dnsmasq, atalkd, time machine backups, http, ssh, etc. I have installed FreeBSD 9.0. The main hd (ada0) ...
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Shell script to fix bad filenames?

I'm IT at my small firm; and, despite my dire warnings, everyone puts files on the server with awful names, including leading & trailing spaces, bad characters (including \ ; / + . < > - ...
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What does it take to get software added to FreeBSD ports system? [closed]

What does it take to get software added to FreeBSD official ports system?
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Color-coded top in FreeBSD

In Ubuntu (karmic), I can issue top and then press 'Z' or 'B' to color-code or enable bold. Is there any way (hack or otherwise) to do this in FreeBSD (7.2)?
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Installing new OS on Powerbook G4 without USB key or CD

I recently got a PowerBook G4 17" with a 1.67 GHz PowerPC CPU, 2GB of RAM, 100 GB of hard drive and running under OS X 10.5.8. These computers are actually getting more and more obsolete, and this ...
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Parsing the output of “uptime” with bash

I would like to save the output of the uptime command into a csv file in a Bash script. Since the uptime command has different output formats based on the time since the last reboot I came up with a ...
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OpenSSH, FreeBSD screen overwrite when closing application

I installed a fresh FreeBSD 10 on a VM and connected via SSH and I've noticed that whenever i close a program (e.g., htop, top, nano etc) the contents of the session gets overwritten. This doesn't ...
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Is having more CPU cores a better thing for running a web server?

I was reading about how User threads are mapped to kernel threads on Wikipedia. From this article I understand that FreeBSD uses the 1:1 (Kernel-level threading). So each User thread created by the ...
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How do I configure my wpa_supplicant to match these?

How do I configure my wpa_supplicant (on FreeBSD) to match the windows params in the picture? So far I have tried this in /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf : ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant ...
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Possible to use “screen” over SSH in script?

I am having this interesting problem, where I would like to start this command nc -l 8023 | zfs receive tank3/pro1 on a remote host 10.10.10.11. If I run ssh -n 10.10.10.11 'nohup nc -l 8023 | ...
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How to create an image of a Live system over ssh?

I have a question about a FreeBSD server that I cannot access at the moment. But because we would like to try some new stuff we want to create a backup of this system first. The question is: is ...
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cpan in FreeBSD 9.0

I have a FreeBSD 9.0 installation which works fine. The only problem is cpan. I tried forums.freebsd but didn't help much. Here is some cli output: [user ~]$ cpan --version Cannot load ...
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FreeBSD 9: How to locate an exact filename?

Trying to use locate command to find an exact match for the given pattern. However it results showing all matching files.. For example: I want to find a binary named: node But it gives me all ...
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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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FreeBSD: connect to switch console

I am using FreeBSD to connect to a juniper switch using console connection. I have crossover network cable: 1 end in switch and other in my freebsd laptop. What do I need in freebsd and how do I ...
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folder permissions on FreeBSD

I have a drive on my FreeNas (8.2) box which transmission copies files automatically when it is finished downloading them. It works fine as long as the download is a single file, if it's folder with ...
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dhclient does not work on wlan0 with WEP. How do I fix it?

I am installing FreeBSD 9.0 on my desktop. My wireless card is Intel-based (wip). bsdinstall correctly sets up my wireless and my wlan0 gets associated with my WEP wireless network and I get DHCP ...
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FreeBSD: What is taking up all the space? I find df and du seem to be inconsistent

I have an old FreeBSD (5.3) server and I need to clear space from /var but I cannot seem to find what is taking up all the space. I have 6.8G of total space but I cannot seem to see that much data ...
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Symlink all files in a Folder to a new Folder

Ideally what I am seeking is a way to rename all my anime keeping original files intact without using extra data space The solution I can think of is creating a duplicate folder path to another ...
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rc.conf error causing read-only boot, FreeBSD

I recently edited my /etc/rc.conf and believe there to be a syntax error. When I try to boot I receive an error message in regards to the file and then it boots and mounts the file-system in read only ...
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mv - move dir with destination-dir having the same subdirs as source-dir

In FreeBSD (I suppose it works like Linux et al in this regard), I'd like to move src_parent/mydir to dst_parent/mydir. dst_parent/mydir already exists, and it contains some subdirs that's also ...
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freebsd post-installation issues

I've installed freeBSD 8.2 and now trying to get GUI working. I did install KDE and related packages from sysinstall. On bootup, at shell prompt, when I do X or Xorg, screen goes blank and I cannot ...
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How to encrypt a large file with limited disk quota?

On a FreeBSD server, is there any way to encrypt a file, which is probably 90%+ of my quota? I thought of using split, then after encrypting a file, delete the original.. but then, when I have all ...
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Freebsd (Freenas 8) and robocopy gives Error 5 Time-Stamping Destination File WHy?

I have a NAS running FreeBSD/FreeNas 8.0.4 When I copy files from a windows system to it via SMB/CIFS normally (explorer/copy) it all goes fine. User can create/delete/update files When i attempt ...
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Why is de-dupe feature of ZFS not working with FreeBSD 8.2

I have FreeBSD 8.2 installed on AMD/64 with 3 GB RAM and 690 GB pooled HD under ZFS. I have two copies of an identical file (180 MB video) in same directory and yet df -h indicates that both are using ...
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How can I change the drive number

I installed FreeBSD 8.1 on a machine where the drive was /dev/ad6 but have moved it to a new system where the drive is now /dev/ad4. The new system boots but I need to manually specify that the root ...
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Notebook Operating System with extreme support cycles/security updates

I'm a long-time Apple User since 1992, have always felt at home there, but I've am currently looking to switch to an alternative Operating System. I've also been working with Unix machines since ...
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Setting up an IPv6 DHCP + DNS router - hardware?

I would like to set up a DHCP (with MAC-bound allocation to mimic static) + DNS(SEC) router at home. I'm looking for hardware and software suggestions that fit into a small enclosure, approximately ...
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How to make freebsd's terminal prompt show current directory

My freebsd terminal always only show "#" I want it show current directory. How can I manage that? Thank you indeed!
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vim not starting in bash shell

My terminal(FREE BSD) uses CShell by defualt , under which vim is working fine . But to run some testscripts , i have to use bash shell ,where some of my env variables are defined . Once i am in bash ...
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If I exchange the CPU, must I reinstall the OSes? (swapping cpus from one *nix-like to another)

as suggested by the title, I want to change CPU: actually I have two computers, one with Ubuntu running on an AMD Athlon 64 dual core 5200+ and the other with FreeBSD running on an AMD Sempron single ...
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Freebsd Box hangs on boot loader

I have a freebsd box that seems to not want to boot past the boot loader. It wont go past the initial boot loader phase and just lists the version number for the boot loader(btx loader). It hangs ...
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How to elegantly selectively exclude FreeBSD network traffic from OpenVPN interface by port

inexperienced sysadmin here. I'm planning on running a net daemon inside a FreeBSD jail through OpenVPN, but want to be able to SSH directly into the jail and use the daemon's web interface daemon ...
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Is my NAS accessible from the Internet?

I have a FreeNAS server set up to do nightly backups for my various Windows machines. I turned SSH on to make administration a little easier - I have plenty of Linux VMs and it's easier for me to SSH ...
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How to compile a shell script in FreeBSD?

How can I compile binary shell script for FreeBSD? I tried the Linux binary emulator but it doesn't work.
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ZPOOL how to remove volume?

I had a strange issue with FreeNAS reporting mulitpath/disk1 is not stable for a while with a crcck of 5. I do not have any SAS on my MB. The rest all report as ada_ except that drive. In multipath ...
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freebsd guest works from commandline `kvm`, hangs before boot inside virt-manager

I have a FreeBSD-7 guest (in a qcow2 disk image) which works just fine when I start it from the commandline with # kvm -drive file=freebsd7.disk But when started from the virt-manager GUI, it gets ...
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How to install software packages from FreeBSD 9.1 DVD?

When FreeBSD 9.0 switched to the new installer, I could still manually launch bsdinstall at end of normal installation process to install pre-built packages on DVD, however this way no longer works in ...
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Strange disk issues sunfire x2200 freebsd 8.3

So, my Sunfire x2200 M2 has two SATA drives in it, a 250GB and a 2TB. Sometime last night/this morning, the system rebooted by itself. It came back up fine, but after reviewing a few logs, I found ...
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Is it possible to upload setuid-set file to ftp-accessible directories?

Just curious, is it possible to upload files set with setuid permission to directories using ftp and retain its setuid permission? Or does FTP always change the permission?
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How can I give my normal user access to read and write on directories created by root?

Just installed FreeBSD for a Webserver, and the www directory which was created by the 'root' user can only be managed and changed while running commands under su. I understand that I need to add the ...
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run_interrupt_driven_hooks still waiting after 60 seconds for xpt_config

I have downloaded the FreeBSD 9.0 for i836 but during boot/installation I get the following message: run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after 60 seconds for xpt_config I waited for 10 ...
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Does FreeBSD support the AR9380 chipset?

I'm building a file server (home use) and would like to put in a wireless card based on the Atheros AR9380 chipset. However I can't find whether this one is supported or not. I know there is the ahk9k ...
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Create floppy disk image with FreeBSD

So I don't have a usb floppy drive for my laptop, but oddly enough, I find myself wishing I did now. I do have an old machine with a floppy drive running FreeBSD 8.2, so I thought I might just use it ...