Chris Kiakas | 20 Dec 16:34 2014

Not sure what this means on 10.1 freebsd-update to 10.1-RELASE-p2

Latest FreeBSD update

root <at> ns2:~ # freebsd-update fetch
Looking up mirrors... none found.
Fetching metadata signature for 10.1-RELEASE from done.
Fetching metadata index... done.
Inspecting system... done.
Preparing to download files... done.

The following files will be removed as part of updating to 10.1-RELEASE-p2:
root <at> ns2:~ # freebsd-update install
Installing updates...rmdir: ///: Is a directory
root <at> ns2:~ # 

Not sure if the update was successful or not. It looks like it was. Can someone confirm. 
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Nikos Vassiliadis | 19 Dec 19:59 2014

zvol vs plain file for VMs


I have to convert a mail server to a VM and I don't know what kind of 
storage to use, a plain file or a zvol?

Are there any pros in using ZVOLs instead of plain files?

Thanks, Nikos
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Tim Gustafson | 19 Dec 18:53 2014

mfiutil / foreign drives

I have a server with a 16-disk RAID controller.  I have all the disks
configured as RAID0 devices and then they are used to form a ZFS pool.

One of my disks failed recently, and I swapped it out with a
replacement.  After that, mfiutil is showing the following:

root <at> server: mfiutil -u 1 show drives
mfi1 Physical Drives:
17 (   0.0) ONLINE                      <WDC WD1000FYPS-0 1B01
serial=WD-WCASJ0721765> SATA E1:S0
18 (   0.0) ONLINE                      <WDC WD1000FYPS-0 1B01
serial=WD-WCASJ1612496> SATA E1:S1
serial=WD-WCASJ0723513> SATA E1:S4
21 (   0.0) ONLINE                      <WDC WD1000FYPS-0 1B02
serial=WD-WCASJ2351494> SATA E1:S2
22 (   0.0) ONLINE                      <WDC WD1000FYPS-0 1B01
serial=WD-WCASJ1612777> SATA E1:S3
23 (   0.0) ONLINE                      <WDC WD1000FYPS-0 1B02
serial=WD-WCASJ2351459> SATA E1:S6
24 (   0.0) ONLINE                      <WDC WD1002FBYS-0 0C06
serial=WD-WMATV1490351> SATA E1:S7

When I try to do anything with the "foreign" drive, mfiutil reports:

root <at> server: mfiutil -u 1 create raid0 E1:S4
mfiutil: Drive 19 is foreign

I've tried to clear the foreign drive like this:

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Alejandro Imass | 19 Dec 05:24 2014

pkg versions don't match


I am new to pkg and using a relatively recently installed 10.0-RELEASE.
Today I tried installing and upgrading stuff and the pkg versions on differ from those that pkg finds.

I tried pkg update, etc. but everything says up to date. nevertheless the
versions in:

Do not match. Look at this example:

root <at> poseidon:/etc/pkg # pkg search fail2ban

root <at> poseidon:/etc/pkg # pkg install py27-fail2ban
Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue...
FreeBSD repository is up-to-date.
All repositories are up-to-date.
The following 6 packages will be affected (of 0 checked):

New packages to be INSTALLED:
        py27-fail2ban: 0.9.0_2
        python27: 2.7.8_4
        python2: 2_3
        py27-setuptools27: 5.5.1
        py27-sqlite3: 2.7.8_5
        sqlite3: 3.8.6

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Mayuresh Kathe | 19 Dec 03:59 2014

10.1 : release : freebsd-update : fetch + install : first reboot screwup!


finally got freebsd 10.1 release to run on my machine, it was a simple 
matter of disabling 'uefi' and do a non-uefi install.

as always, the first thing done post install was "freebsd-update fetch", 
followed by "freebsd-update install" and then issued a "reboot".

during shutdown, the system just froze at "all buffers synced".
had to issue a hard reboot which raised various issues related to disk 
not cleanly unmounted during previous shutdown.

went ahead and re-installed the system thrice, just to confirm that this 
problem is repeatable, and yes, it is.

any work arounds?



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Waitman Gobble | 18 Dec 23:23 2014

CUPS printing rastertospl error - troubleshooting

I have a Samsung SCX-3405W connected to USB /dev/ulpt0
Using the PPD file from Samsung Linux driver.
linux-c6 and necessary libraries installed.

I'm receiving cupsd filter error,
(/usr/local/libexec/cups/filter/rastertospl) stopped with status 1.

Running rastertospl from command line does not seem to cause an error.

log -

# uname -a
FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT #0 r275492: Fri
Dec  5 06:52:11 PST 2014
waitman <at>

# ls -lh /usr/local/libexec/cups/filter/rastertospl
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel    88K Dec 18 12:30

Any troubleshooting suggestions appreciated.

Thank you,


Waitman Gobble
Los Altos California USA
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Eitan Adler | 18 Dec 20:28 2014

Fwd: install failure,, help me please

Forwarding to questions <at> 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Seungwon Park <zezeon <at> netbook.freebsd93>
Date: 18 December 2014 at 03:31
Subject: install failure,, help me please
To: eadler <at>

I was installing FreeBSD 9.3 i386 memstick  version xfce4 xwin manager.
And it failed when it tried to install getopt package.
error message was checksum mismatch..
So I gave option to ignore checksum as recommended, but it also failled with
error messages.
The message was unrecognized archive format.. could not extract the file..

How can I handle this, I am a novice in unix.
Please help.. Thank you in advance..


Eitan Adler
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B J | 18 Dec 19:56 2014

CMake Policy Settings

I've been having some difficulties in installing Squeak on a FreeBSD
10.1 installation.  One possibility might be that the current version
of CMake doesn't like how some of the source code files are set up.

After running "configure", I get messages referring to a possible bug
which earlier versions of CMake allowed.  I'd like to try using a
policy based on what was done previously to see how this might affect
what I'm doing.

However, I'm not sure how to set it.  I've found information about it
in the CMake wiki, but it's rather vague.  Do I set it as a parameter
in the command line when I run CMake?  If so, how?  Is it, instead,
set in something like a configuration file such as /etc/rc.conf?  If
so, where is it located?

Please advise.  Thank you.

B. M. Jatzeck
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Mayuresh Kathe | 18 Dec 17:13 2014

any non-x11 'gui' systems like qt/embedded?


are there any non-x11 depending 'gui' systems available
for freebsd? something like qt/embedded which works off
the linux graphics framebuffer?

if not, is there any specific documentation available
for using the graphics framebuffer used for showing the
boot splash screens?
also, may i know what that graphics framebuffer is
called in the freebsd world?



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Aryeh Friedman | 18 Dec 16:27 2014

How do I upgrade linux kernel support

I just (last night) installed releng/10.1 from svn, kldloadlinux and
then tried to install x11/nvdia-driver and got this:

    ===>>> This port is marked IGNORE
    ===>>> compat.linux.osrelease: 2.6.16 is not supported, please use
2.6.18, BEWARE this is highly experimental

I do not want to go to -CURRENT.  This is a completely fresh install
so I also got ports.tar.gz last night


Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer,
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Janos Dohanics | 18 Dec 08:27 2014

Loader panic 10.1-STABLE #0 r275828


I have recompiled kernel + world according to Handbook instructions.
When rebooting after installworld and running mergemaster(8), I was
greeted with:

panic: bd_strategy: xxxxxx bytes I/O not multiple of block size

Fortunately, I was able to boot using zroot:/boot/zfsloader.old.

Do I have a corrupted /boot/zfsloader file?


Janos Dohanics
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