Jan 132019

Sometimes you want to run a cronjob on a frequent basis, but you rarely want a new one to start before the old one has finished. There is an easy tool in FreeBSD base called lockf. It is similar to the flock tool. Here is an example I am using: Based on the man page, […]

Jan 082019

This post might help me in configuring net-snmp to deliver Nginx statistics to LibreNMS. As such, this post may not be as helpful to you as the official documentation. Key is this URL: The nginx.conf file needs something like this: NOTE: the fastcgi_pass line might also be fastcgi_pass depending on what you find […]

Dec 302018

For reference, the previous post on this server is still available. The most recent change was extracting the beadm boot environment to a new zpool, zroot. For future reference, this is the slocum server, which I use for various jails and services. It is mounted in the 4U chassis mentioned in this post The filesystems, […]

Dec 202018

I have added comments to the output of this command. This is a brief description of what runs in each jail. slocum slocum – named for the first person to sail solo around the world This host also runs a DNS and DHCP. [dan@slocum:~] $ jls -v | grep ACTIVE | cut -f 2 -w […]

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 […]