Mar 272020

This sounds slightly political, and it is. Intentionally so. 1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. “the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions” 2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. “nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience” Christophe Pettus recently said: Right up until […]

Mar 242020
Spare fiber cards

Sometimes I’ll be thinking about the hardware I have which is not in use. I’ll know it exists, but not the details. I’ll be in the wrong part of the house to have a quick look, or I might be nowhere near the house when the topic comes up. This post fixes that. These are […]

Mar 142020

2FA has its critics: It’s so unreliable! Phones are so easily hijacked It’s not a lot of added security etc Some of these make assumptions not necessarily in evidence. In this post: FreeBSD 12.1 pam_google_authenticator-1.08 Most of the 2FA I use is time-based one-off passwords (TOTP), as opposed to text messages. These are often 6-digit […]

Jan 112020

Today I found this annoying situation on FreeBSD 12.1 in a FreeBSD 12.0 jail (neither of which are directly relevant to the problem at hand). [dan@serpico:~] $ sudo pkg audit -F vulnxml file up-to-date pkg: vulnxml parsing error: no element found pkg: cannot process vulnxml After a bit if thinking, I figured the vulnxml file […]

Jan 072020

Archives are important. When they are public and available for searching, it retains and passes on knowledge. It saves vast amounts of time. Case in point I started the copy-backups-to-tape process today. This appeared on the tape server: Jan 7 19:12:08 r720-01 kernel: (sa0:mps0:0:5:0): 64512-byte tape record bigger than supplied buffer Damn. Do I have […]

Jan 072020

This is a small desktop / short tower case which is connected to a couple of tape libraries. This post replaces a previous post. Partitions [dan@tape01:~] $ gpart show => 40 5860533088 ada0 GPT (2.7T) 40 1024 1 freebsd-boot (512K) 1064 984 – free – (492K) 2048 4194304 2 freebsd-swap (2.0G) 4196352 5856335872 3 freebsd-zfs […]