Jerry | 29 Jul 15:29 2014

Lost Desktop Settings

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:27:18 -0400

Running Platform Version 4.12.5 on FreeBSD-10, I accidentally hit the "WIN"
key and the "S" key simultaneously. I immediately lost my desktop. How do I go
about getting it back. I really do not want to have to recreate all of those
icons I had placed there, etcetera manually. I cannot seem to find any thing
on this via Google.


krad | 29 Jul 11:39 2014

Re: deciding UFS vs ZFS

ah you meant i386 compatible not actual i386. My point still stands though.
Unless you are scaling out there isnt much difference in costs in actual
terms as i got an HP micro server on discount for £120 with ram, and its a
far more capable machine than a p4. Yes it more expensive, but I would like
to see the power requirements for that p4 vs the hp, as im pretty certain
the running costs would eat up the margin fairly convincingly over a year
or so. Even if it doesnt we are only talking about £50-60 difference, which
is well worth all the other benefits you get.

On 29 July 2014 09:48, Peter Giessel <pgiessel <at>> wrote:

> On 2014, Jul 29, at 0:23, krad <kraduk <at>> wrote:
> > you are correct, however if you can afford to put big drives like that
> one
> > a system you can afford to match up a far more modern cpu with the drives
> > with a decent amount of ram. Something like the hp microserver is little
> > more than £100 and is more than capable of handling zfs. 5-6 year old 2nd
> > had kit is as well and it probably cheaper. Also your going to have to
> get
> > pretty creative to get a modern sata/sas drive to work in an
> ((e)*isa|mca)
> > based board, which will nullify any cost saving of using decades old
> > hardware.
> That is simply not true.
> At our government surplus store, I can get Pentium 4 computers with 2 GB
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Scott Bennett | 29 Jul 10:27 2014

gvinum raid5 vs. ZFS raidz

     I want to set up a couple of software-based RAID devices across
identically sized partitions on several disks.  At first I thought that
gvinum's raid5 would be the way to go, but now that I have finally found
and read some information about raidz, I am unsure which to choose.  My
current, and possibly wrong, understanding about the two methods' most
important features (to me, at least) can be summarized as follows.

		raid5					raidz

Has parity checking, but any parity		Has parity checking *and*
errors identified are assumed to be		frequently spaced checksums
errors in the parity blocks themselves,		that are checked when data
so if errors occur in data blocks, the		blocks are read, so errors are
errors can be detected, but not	unless and	detected relatively quickly.
a "checkparity" operation is done.  Errors	Checksums enable identification
in parity blocks can be	fixed by a		of where the error exists and
"rebuildparity" operation, but a		automatic repair of erroneous
"rebuildparity" will merely cement errors	bytes in either data blocks or
in data blocks by creating parity blocks	parity blocks.
to match/confirm the erroneous data.  (This
also appears to be the case for graid3

Can be expanded by the addition of more		Can only be expanded by
spindles via a "gvinum grow" operation.		replacing all components with
						larger components.  The number
						of component devices cannot be
						changed, so the percentage of
						space tied up in parity cannot
						be changed.
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freebsd | 29 Jul 02:41 2014

nsdc absent from NSD

Trying NSD out on a FreeBSD 10 machine. Installed from ports and trying to 
follow info in these two tutorials:

Both instruct reloading using nsdc, but the command seems to be totally 
absent after the install from ports. Any idea why?



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Dutch Ingraham | 29 Jul 01:56 2014

Audio CDs Not Playing


I'm having trouble with playing audio CDs; specifically, they won't
play at all.  Secondarily, it appears as though, if they would play, I
would need to be root to do so.

My system stats are as follows:  <uname -a>:
FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE-p7 FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE-p7 #0:
Tue Jul  8 06:37:44 UTC 2014
root <at>  amd64

I am issuing the <cdcontrol -f /dev/cd0 play 1> command and the CD
simply will not play, or move in any way.  However, if I issue
<cdcontrol /dev/cd0 eject>, the CD will eject; if I issue
<cdcontrol /dev/cd0 info>, I will receive the tracks information, etc.
So it appears as though communication is happening, but the CD will not
play.  If I issue these commands as a regular user, I receive a
"permission denied" message; if run as root, simply nothing happens -
no error, nothing.  In fact issuing <echo $?> returns 0.

I have read the handbook sections on multimedia and setting up the
sound card, and believe I've done everything by the book.  For example,
<pciconf -lv> returns:

hdac0 <at> pci0:0:27:0:	class=0x040300 card=0x04201028
chip=0x3a6e8086 rev=0x02 hdr=0x00 vendor     = 'Intel Corporation'
     device     = '82801JD/DO (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller'
     class      = multimedia
     subclass   = HDA

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Charlie | 29 Jul 00:20 2014

pkg broken? Unable to install packages...

Hello list!

I'm running 10-RELEASE x64, and all of a sudden I can't seem to install 
any packages.

No matter which package I attempt to install, the result is similar:

Fetching finch-2.10.9_5.txz: 100% of 208 KB
pkg: cached package finch-2.10.9_5: size mismatch, fetching from remote
Fetching finch-2.10.9_5.txz: 100% of 208 KB
pkg: cached package finch-2.10.9_5: size mismatch, cannot continue

I have tried running pkg update -f; it doesn't help.

I've tried running pkg clean as well. No difference.

I don't have a pkg.conf file. I can't think of any significant changes I 
made to the system that would have caused this. It was working fine up 
until a few days ago.

The other symptom seems to be that 'pkg upgrade' does not report any 
packages that need to be updated, when I know full well there are updates.

Help is appreciated! Thanks!


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SDF Public Access UNIX System -
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Rick Miller | 28 Jul 20:25 2014

Fwd: mfsBSD custom files?

Hi all,

I am prototyping mfsBSD to perform an automated OS installation.  The
documentation[1] asserts custom files are added to the resulting image by
placing them into files/*.  However, after building it, the files can
neither be located in the image nor the mfsroot inside the image.

Is my understanding of how this is supposed behave flawed or is this a bug?

* Note: the files must actually be in customfiles/ and not files/,
reference the Makefile



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Janos Dohanics | 28 Jul 19:56 2014



Would you please explain the use case for setting vfs.zfs.recover: 1
(default seems to be 0). Does this setting have any effect when
pools/filesystems are healthy?


Janos Dohanics
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Brian Wood | 28 Jul 17:58 2014

Problem booting

I have PCBSD 10 installed on an HP desktop with
a RT5390 wireless adapter.  The boot hangs with

ral0:  needs multicast update callback

I looked for a way to disable the wireless adapter in bios
but didn't find one.  Or at least what I tried didn't help.
Any suggestions?  Thanks.


Ebenezer Enterprises
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Jos Chrispijn | 28 Jul 12:00 2014

FreeBSD 10

   Would it be a good idea to use BSD 10 Stable in a commercial
   environment or should I sitck to BSD 9.3 Stable for two years?

   Jos Chrispijn
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