Mar 122017

I’ve been given a Dell PowerEdge R610. I’ve installed two 30GB SSDs and installed FreeBSD 11 on it. It will become a tape library server. The swap: The zpools: Oh, well, that’s a problem. Let’s fix it: There. Fixed. Just. Like. That.™ The filesystems: And dmesg:

Feb 192017

As found at: Variables The following variables may be used in the text and subject of the mail {{name}} The name of the recipient. {{person_id}} The person-id of the recipient. {{conference_acronym}} The acronym of the conference if the recipients are conference specific. {{conference_title}} The title of the current conference if the recipients are conference […]

Feb 092017

This page will hold slides from talks I have presented. This list is not complete. Tips on running a conference for 250 people all by yourself – EuroBSDCon 2012 – slides

Jan 212017

You like tech. You know you like it. Do you know what part of tech you are most passionate about? I credit a Google employee for the following idea. It was told to me while I was at the FreeBSD Foundation booth at GHC 2016. The following is a relatively cheap project you can do […]

Jan 172017

I was doing some work in a remote location with a laggy connection to home. I was running ansible and kept encountering these errors: fatal: [pg01]: FAILED! => {“failed”: true, “msg”: “Timeout (12s) waiting for privilege escalation prompt: “} Rerunning the script would encounter the same error in a different part of the script. After […]

Dec 182016

Please meet x8dtu, a server destined to be the future home of FreshPorts. There is nothing installed here. In short: FreeBSD 11 booting off a mirroed pair of zfsroot SSDs 4.5TB of mirrored ZFS 196612 MB of RAM (yeah, that’s 196GB of RAM) Supermicro X8TDU motherboard Intel Xeon E5620 @ 2.40GHz (two of those, giving […]

Dec 142016

The knew server is ‘frozen’ again. This has been happening daily at about O301 UTC each night. See my Twitter feed for background. In this post I will include details as I progress through the data. The server in question is knew (yes, that’s the hostname). dtrace hotkernel I left this running in an ssh […]

Nov 222016
Flashing an LSI SAS 9201-16i - correctly

Three weeks ago, I thought I had flashed my new LSI SAS 9201-16i. I had not. When I powered up the system via mfsBSD, I could see the device, but during the boot process, there was no splash screen. I now believe this should always be a signal that you have not correctly flashed the […]