Dec 052018
 

This is x8dtu (named after the SuperMicro motherboard). This is the new FreshPorts server. In short: FreeBSD 11.2 booting off a mirrored 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 16 CPUs) NOTE: this […]

Nov 212018
 

For future reference, this is the knew server … oh wait, I think it’s this server which is was mounted in the 4U chassis mentioned in this post. It runs a few jails, including Bacula regression testing services. It is now mounted in a SuperChassis 846E16-R1200B This recent post outlines the modifications so it boots […]

Nov 042018
 

smartd and smartctl are two utility programs included with the smartmontools package. On FreeBSD, smartmontools is installed via the sysutils/smartmontools port. Those programs can “control and monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (SMART) built into most modern ATA/SATA, SCSI/SAS and NVMe disks. In many cases, these utilities will provide advanced […]

Oct 232018
 

On Monday night at about 5:30 PM, I noticed the email: ** PROBLEM alert – knew/zpool is CRITICAL ** What sickened me was that the email was sent at 3:58 PM. That makes me think I should add a Pushover.net alert …. I could do that at my mail server. Logging into the server, I […]

Aug 142018
 
newsyslog: chmod(/var/log/auth.log.6.bz2) in change_attrs: No such file or directory

This problem was difficult to figure out. The cause was simple, but not obvious. Messages such as this were appearing in emails From July: In August: I had no idea why. My initial suspicion was the /etc/newsyslog.conf configuration for that file: [dan@knew:~] $ grep auth /etc/newsyslog.conf /var/log/auth.log root:logcheck 640 7 * @T00 JC [dan@knew:~] $ […]

Aug 092018
 

Users and Roles in PostgreSQL are very similar. When I set up the FreshPorts database back in mid-2000, I was using PostgreSQL 7.0.3 (that’s my best guess based on my blog entry). I suspect roles were not available then and were introduced with PostgreSQL 8. I am positive someone will correct me if that’s wrong. […]

Aug 082018
 

For future reference, this is the knew server … oh wait, I think it’s this server which is mounted in the 4U chassis mentioned in this post. It runs a few jails, including Bacula regression testing services. This recent post outlines the modifications so it boots off a mirror of SSDs. File systems Paritions zpools […]