Odd look to the website

I’ve been trying to update the website to PHP 8.1, but the WordPress Theme I’ve been using is from 2016 and has not been updated. For now, I’ve tossed in the Neve theme, which means it looks wonky, but the content is available. I’ll fix it up soon.

openvpn: error=CRL has expired

After the former FreshPorts server was retired, its OpenVPN credential were revoked. I maintain those certificates via ssl-admin. I uploaded the new CRL into the System | Certificate Manager | Certificate Revocation page in pfSense. Today, I was seeing strange errors in Nagios, and figured someone wasn’t connected to the VPN. Checking OpenVPN client logs, …

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Upgrading an NVMe zpool from 222G to 1TB drives

The FreshPorts dev, test, and stage websites are hosted on a server in my basement. Each instance consists of two jails: an ingress node – for pulling in new commits (and other data) into the database. a webserver node – for displaying the web pages. The new drives: Sometimes the zpool gets too close to …

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da12 in my FreeBSD zfs array disappeared at :02 and came back at :04

This post is based on a tweet and was created after a followup incident occurred today. The post was created to consolidate the information into a blog post so I could easily find it later. Details about this host (disks, zpool, gpart, etc) are in this post. On March 15 2022, I noticed these messages …

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Adding an SSL certificate to HomeAssistant

In my previous blog post, I got homeassistant up and running, but without a TLS connection. Let’s fix that. In this post: FreeBSD 13.1 but that’s not relevant to the work being done homeassistant-2022.8.7 creation of a certificate is not covered the sysadmin.com guide covers this – it creates a self-signed cert I’m using a …

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Getting Home Assistant running in a FreeBSD 13.1 jail

Home Assistant is not friendly for plain installs. It seems designed for containers or running everything out of pip install. That, in itself, is a disturbing trend I’ve seen on several projects (what? you’re not running a git cloned image?). I’ve seen reports of people running containers etc. However, I want to run this on …

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nsupdate – update failed: REFUSED

A while back, the https://www.freebsddiary.org/topics.php#opteron – the colo facility was purchased and the new owners are not interested in donating services to open source projects. That host also acted as a DNS host for all my domain. I pressed a small VPS into service. It handled the query services fine, but updates were sluggish. It …

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Creating a wireguard connection between my home and colo

For years I’ve run the dev, test, and stage nodes for FreshPorts off servers in my basement. This meant that those hostnames have always pointed at my home IP address. I’d like to change that. I first started this using interactive commands (e.g. wg set) but found that approach unsatisfactory. I think directly editing the …

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