Apr 172015

I noticed this tonight: {:timestamp=>”2015-04-18T01:01:54.363000+0000″, :message=>”Failed parsing date from field”, :field=>”syslog_timestamp”, :value=>”Apr 18 01:01:49″, :exception=>java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Invalid format: “Apr 18 01:01:49″ is malformed at ” 18 01:01:49″, :level=>:warn} It seems this is the cause: For the record, here are all such instances: One day, I’ll come back here and fix that.

Mar 292015

I have no idea when I wrote this. It got saved but never published, until today. I recently had the boot drive at one of my servers change. It’s really a VM on a box, but at least it’s running FreeBSD. To fix it, I got a VNC session going to their server, and was […]

Mar 282015

I wrote this back in July 2013, but never published it. Might as well share it now. Lately, I’ve been moving away from tracking FreeeBSD STABLE and more towards using freebsd-update(8). Today, I’ll be setting up a jail, using ezjail and freebsd-update. Installing Installing ezjail is straight forward: Installing the base jail My first attempt […]

Mar 282015

This is an old post I wrote, but never published, back in 2010. I’ve started using Munin for some statistical monitoring. Using the hddtemp_smartctl plugin, I was getting some permission errors. After printing the output of the command, I noticed these in the logs: 2010/03/11-18:30:05 [60845] [ERROR] Command /usr/local/sbin/smartctl -A /dev/ad8 on drive ad8 failed: […]

Mar 142015

Last night I upgraded the main jail server in my lab from FreeBSD 9.3 to FreeBSD 10.1. I just started using the term, home lab, after discovering http://www.reddit.com/r/homelab/. That server contains, amongst other things, these jails: my development environment for http://dev.freshports.org/ my in house webserver, which hosts the above mentioned website my svn repo an […]

Mar 132015

I just upgraded from 9.3 to 10.1. I have not yet complete the install. My userland has been upgraded to 10.1 but my apps have not. I have a tmux session sitting like this: [root@slocum:~] # /usr/sbin/freebsd-update install Installing updates… Completing this upgrade requires removing old shared object files. Please rebuild all installed 3rd party […]

Mar 112015

I started trying a Root-on-ZFS upgrade using beadm and quickly encountered an anomaly: no /usr/bin Then, it was there, then it wasn’t. I wasn’t sure of what steps I took to reproduce it. So I went through logs and eventually understood what happened. Let me show you. Here is what I did: # beadm create […]