ezjail

Converting thin jails to thick jails

I have been using ezjail since at least 2008 (see earlier blog post). A few years ago, I started deploying iocage on new servers. About three months ago, I starting converting systems from ezjail to iocage. When I converted my first system, I found that the existing documentation for conversion was incomplete. Specifically, symlinks were …

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Dumping PostgreSQL 9.4 to upgrade to PostgreSQL 9.6

FreeBSD 10.3 & PostgreSQL 9.4 on the old server, and FreeBSD 11.1 & PostgreSQL 9.6 on the new server. As part of the move from the old FreshPorts server (photos) to the new FreshPorts server, I’ll need to dump the database and copy it over. What? No zfs send? There is no ZFS on the …

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/etc/rc.subr: 1391: Syntax error: “fi”: unexpected

Yesterday, I upgraded a DigitalOcean droplet from FreeBSD 10.3 to FreeBSD 11.1 just before I headed to work. I’ve done such upgrades several times before. They all went well. This one did not. Several issues cascaded to prevent me from completely this task in a timely manner. Let me describe the events as they unfolded. …

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Upgrading from FreeBSD 10.3 to 11.1 via freebsd-update and beadm

Yesterday I modified a server from booting off a raidz2 array, to booting off a newly created zpool. Why? Because HBAs are a pain to boot off. Instead, this server is now booting off a ZFS mirror of two SSDs, both of which are directly attached to the M/B. Today, I am upgrading this server …

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More Bacula Excludes with Jails and FreeBSD

Following on from my post about excluding the base OS with a Bacula FileSet, I decided to exclude some more. The starting point Here are the baselines: What else will I exclude? I decided to exclude the following as well: Adding iocage support Along the way, I extended the Exclude to work on server using …

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ezjail with freebsd-update

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. ############## NOTE: Please read the comments before you read the article. ############## Installing …

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nullfs mounts in a jail

Just a note for myself. I had this kind of thing in /etc/fstab so I could share one installation of plugins and themes for WordPress. /usr/local/wordress/plugins /usr/jails/freebsddiary.org/usr/local/www/wordpress/plugins nullfs ro,nosuid,noexec,late 0 0 /usr/local/wordress/themes /usr/jails/freebsddiary.org/usr/local/www/wordpress/themes nullfs ro,nosuid,noexec,late 0 0 /usr/local/wordress/plugins /usr/jails/news.freshports.org/usr/local/www/wordpress/plugins nullfs ro,nosuid,noexec,late 0 0 /usr/local/wordress/themes /usr/jails/news.freshports.org/usr/local/www/wordpress/themes nullfs ro,nosuid,noexec,late 0 0 Then I moved them to their …

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Cunning plan for upgrading jails

After a lengthy Twitter discussion this afternoon, and a post to the forums, I decided to alter my ezjail basejail. The issue: when you update the basejail, /etc/rc.d and /etc/periodic do not get updated. This is by design. I wanted those directories to get updated. So I have changed the basejail. I will outline first, …

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Using poudriere to create a custom FreeBSD repository for package installation

I just showed you how I installed ezjail 3.3 on FreeBSD 9.2 and how it uses ZFS for each jail. Today I’m writing about using poudriere to create custom packages for use by pkng. In this post, I will be creating packages on a FreeBSD 9.2 server. Those packages are for running Bacula on FreeBSD …

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