Nov 172017

This is x8dtu (named after the Supermicro motherboard). This is the new FreshPorts server. In short: FreeBSD 11 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 152017

Today I moved the FreshPorts website from one server to another. My goal is for nobody to notice. In preparation for this move, I have: DNS TTL reduced to 60s Posted to Twitter Updated the status page Put the website put in offline mode: Sorry, the website is offline from 2017-11-05 17:01, for approximately 3 […]

Oct 272017
/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. […]