Re: editor that understands CTRL/B, CTRL/I, CTRL/U

2012-04-27 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 02:33:29PM -0700, David Brodbeck wrote:

 On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM, Chad Perrin per...@apotheon.com wrote:
  Indeed -- and the employer who bucks this trend does him/her self a huge
  service, because large numbers of very skilled and/or talented people are
  being rejected on entirely arbitrary criteria that have little or no
  correlation to their ability to do the job.
 
 Keep in mind in today's job market, and given Internet methods of
 advertising positions, the problem isn't in finding qualified people
 -- the problem is in whittling down the couple thousand or so resumes
 you get to a manageable pile.  You can afford to reject some qualified
 applicants in that process because there are always more looking.
 
 Again, this is one of the reasons credit scoring is becoming so
 popular -- it's an almost automatic way to narrow down the pile.
 Another method in common use right now is to throw out applications
 from anyone who's currently unemployed, and only look at ones who
 already have a position and are looking to change jobs.

Reminds me of an episode of The Office.

The manager gets a pile of resumes/CVs and immediately bungs half of
them in the trash.

His reasoning: he doesn't like employing unlucky people :)


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Re: Can't install WindowMaker

2012-03-19 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 09:17:50AM +0100, Sabine Baer wrote:

 Sorry if I'm totally wrong here but I don't know where to ask.
 
 I'm using WindowMaker as my window manager for some years. I do not
 remember why, but some days ago, I deinstalled ist. Now, I can't
 install it.
 
 $uname -rp
  |7.4-STABLE amd64
 
 #portmaster -aD
 |all up to date (had a long run of updating gcc46 and others this
 |morning)

You're not by any chance using gcc46 to compile Windowmaker?

If so, don't. Use the base compiler.

 
 #portmaster /x11-wm/windomaker
  |[...]
  |handlers.c:542: warning: implicit declaration of function 'FD_ISSET'
  |*** Error code 1
  |mv -f .deps/findfile.Tpo .deps/findfile.Plo
  |1 error
  |*** Error code 1
  |1 error
  |*** Error code 1
  |1 error
  |*** Error code 2
  |1 error
  |*** Error code 1
  |
  |Stop in /usr/ports/x11-wm/windowmaker.
  |
  |=== make failed for x11-wm/windowmaker
  |=== Aborting update
  |
  |Terminated
  |
  |=== You can restart from the point of failure with this command
  |line:
  |   portmaster flags x11-wm/windowmaker
 
 I haven't any clue what might go wrong. Searching google didn't bring
 any help.
 I can use fluxbox or twm, but I want my WindowMaker back :-(
 
 Sabine

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Re: Editor With NO Shell Access?

2012-03-12 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 03:20:57PM -0500, Tim Daneliuk wrote:

 On 03/12/2012 03:13 PM, Thomas Dickey wrote:
 On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 02:19:06PM -0500, Tim Daneliuk wrote:
 I have a situation where I need to provide people with the ability to edit
 files.  However, under no circumstances do I want them to be able to exit
 to the shell.   The client in question has strong (and unyielding) InfoSec
 requirements in this regard.
 
 So ... are there editors without this feature?  Can I compile something 
 like
 joe or vi to inhibit this feature?
 
 man vi (see -S)
 
 
 It turns out you can still work around this if your know the trick.
 I am still researching this, but restricted vi appears to be compromised.
 
 

Have you tried restricted vim?

$ vim -Z

:help restricted



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Re: Still having trouble with package upgrades

2012-03-07 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Mar 07, 2012 at 10:04:35PM -0500, David Jackson wrote:

 On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM, Polytropon free...@edvax.de wrote:
 
  On Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:05:37 -0500, David Jackson wrote:
Many of your issues are non-issues, as your suggestions were
implemented in some form long ago.  For example, updated applications
are compiled and available online.  You can use pkg_add -r to
install the newest binary package that is available, or you can update
your an installed application by updating the ports and using
portupgrade, which has options to control whether you compile updates
from source or install binary packages.
   
   
  
  
   pkg-add -r does not seem to be an upgrade all packages sort of feature
  I
   am looking for. I have tried pkg-upgrade, portmaster, and portupgrade,
  all
   of these do not work.
 
  The portupgrade -PP command should be fine, if your ports
  tree is up to date.
 
 
 
 portupgrade -PP did not work for me, it gave me error messages about failed
 downloads.
 
 
 
 
   I am working on getting the logs
 

Work harder. Try script(1).


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Re: Which mailinglist is appropriate for discussing uart changes?

2012-02-19 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 07:10:30PM +0100, Terrence Koeman wrote:

 Could someone point me to the right mailinglist to discuss adding
 support for the MCS9904 chip to uart? I'm working on it, but I have
 some questions regarding FIFO sizes and how they are currently
 determined.
 
 Thanks.
 
 -- Regards, T. Koeman, MTh/BSc/BPsy; Technical Monk

Hi Terrence,

Looking at the list of mailing lists, I'd say your best bet is to send
an e-mail to freebsd-net@ asking them if it's appropriate to ask the
question there and if not where.

uarts and FIFOs sounds like it's network stack to me and I'd guess
someone on that list might be able to supply you with an answer.


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Re: webcamd and device numbering

2012-02-19 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 12:32:42PM +1000, Da Rock wrote:

 I've been struggling with this on my own for ages now, and I was 
 determined to try and sort it myself. But I'll now eat my humble pie and 
 ask for some help :)
 
 I have (I believe I have mentioned this before) 5 dvb tuners in a 
 FreeBSD server (8.2): 1 cx88, 2 DiVico dual tuners (that totals 4 
 amongst just the DiVico's). I'm using webcamd to use these (thank God I 
 can get away from Linux!), and they work fine except I have to run ln -s 
 to link them to the right places after every reboot (Only the Divico's 
 use webcamd). So they should look like this:
 
 $ls /dev/dvb/
 adapter0adapter1adapter2adapter3
 
 instead:
 
 ls /dev/dvb/
 adapter0adapter16adapter24adapter8
 
 This is a real problem because 1. MPlayer only accepts 0-4, and 2. 
 GStreamer (including xine) only accept 1-16.
 
 I tried working out how to resolve the issue any sane way; and then I 
 resorted to some quick hacks. I tried uding devfs.rules for links before 
 I found out it can't do that at all. devfs.conf is no good, as it sets 
 them up to begin with. And running some commands in rc.local didn't 
 work: `ln -s /dev/dvb/adapter8 /dev/dvb/adapter1` and so forth.
 
 I googled and googled and there seem to be no real fix as webcamd won't 
 work without hal and relies on it for the numbering (but borks it 
 continuously). I've tried updates and so forth, but all to no avail. I'm 
 not too worried about a permanent fix because hal's death bells have 
 tolled, but I do need to fix this as it is really getting annoying now - 
 the server is on continuously but can go down from time to time and 
 catches the unwary :) (like when a scheduled recording which requires 
 say adapter1 finds it no longer there)
 
 I'm using webcamd-3.2.0.2, which I recently updated.
 
 Cheers

The manpage seems to indicate that HAL is an option for webcamd(8):

 -H  Register device by the HAL daemon.

If you still have problems you might want to post on multimedia@ as
the author of webcamd hangs out there (hselasky@).


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Re: Adobe Linux Flash (Success)

2012-02-17 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 07:48:31PM -0500, sean wrote:

 On 02/17/12 19:27, sean wrote:
 
 
 Now when I run nspluginwrapper -v -a -i as a user I get the following,
 
 Auto-install plugins from /usr/local/lib/browser_plugins
 Looking for plugins in /usr/local/lib/browser_plugins
 Auto-install plugins from /usr/local/lib/npapi/linux-f10-flashplugin
 Looking for plugins in /usr/local/lib/npapi/linux-f10-flashplugin
 Install plugin 
 /usr/local/lib/npapi/linux-f10-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so
  ... already installed system-wide, skipping
 Auto-install plugins from /home/sean/.mozilla/plugins
 Looking for plugins in /home/sean/.mozilla/plugins
 
 I noticed in the above information that it was looking for the flash 
 plugin in the plugins directory under .mozilla.
 There was no such directory.
 I created the directory and ran nspluginwrapper again and flash is now 
 listed and working.
 It seems to flicker on occasions a bit but it is running.
 Are there any tuning options that might be available to get rid of the 
 occasional flicker?
 
 Thanks all,
 Sean

Glad you got it working. Maybe the Handbook needs
correcting/expanding.

I don't get the flicker that you speak of but on occasion Firefox can
peg  back a core 100% constantly and I have to restart the browser. I
think this is probably flash related but I haven't investigated it. So
keep an eye on top output.

I'd recommend www/xpi-flashblock. You can whitelist sites such as
Youtube and the bbc whilst blocking the crappy flash adverts that are
a feature of too many sites on the web. Especially useful if you're on
a narrowband connection or metered.


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Re: Adobe Linux Flash

2012-02-16 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 04:49:27PM -0500, sean wrote:

 Hello All,
 
   I am trying to get the Adobe Linux Flash working with Firefox.
 I have followed the directions in the browser handbook section.
 
 -kldstat shows linux.ko, and linprocfs.ko.
 -df lists linprocfs mounted on /compat/linux/proc
 
 I created the symlink from libflashplayer.so to the browser_plugins 
 location, and the symlink is listed.
 
 Doing some searching on the problem I came across a mention that the 
 /compat directory needs to be symlinked to /usr/compat so I added that in.
 
 I ran the nspluginwrapper command it searches the correct directories 
 but does complain of ELF interpreter /lib/ld-linux.so.2 not found 
 several times.
 
 The IceadTea-Web Plugin and the Swfdec plugin is listed in Firefox's 
 About:Plugins page.
 
 In fact I can see the swfdec-plugin alongside the libflashplayer.so 
 and the npwrapper.libflashplayer.so in the 
 /usr/local/lib/browser_plugins directory.
 
 The system itself, a fresh install of FreeBSD 9 amd64.
 Might it be the 64 bit would be causing problems?
 
   Thanks in advance,
   Sean

Starting with the obvious: did you install emulators/linux_base-f10?

$ pkg_info | grep linux

should show a load of linux ports.


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Re: Processor question

2012-02-14 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 02:47:08PM -0500, Mike Dockery wrote:

 Greetings,

Aloha,

 
 I have been a user of Linux since 1994, but most of the linux distros 
 seem to be getting away from freedom... which is why I chose it in the 
 first place.  They seem intent on forcing things that do not work well 
 (like pulseaudio and nouveau) on everyone.  Freedom of choice is always 
 best.

Yeah, I used to use Linux but they became a bunch of Freedom Nazis
controlled by big companies.

Happily using FreeBSD for 10 years.

 
 My question is:  Should I try the amd64 version of FreeBSD with my Intel 
 Core i7-2600 processor or should I use the i386?

Generally, for an x86 machine with 4GB or greater memory use amd64.
Memory less than that use i386.

ie. you almost certainly want to use amd64, I should think.

 
 I hope to give FreeBSD a try later this month.

Excellent. Best of luck and any problems not covered in the handbook
or google, post here. Welcome to FreeBSD!

 
 Thanks,
 
 Mike Dockery

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Re: Software Development using Freebsd.

2012-02-06 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Feb 06, 2012 at 04:37:37PM -0600, Jorge Biquez wrote:

 Hello all.
 
 This is kind of off topic. My apologies in advance.
 
 I am helping a non profit organization and giving some classes to 
 prepare students so they can be prepared and try to get a job (they 
 are students also and have the basics concepts already)
 
 Anyway, I am interested in teach them to develop some simple 
 applications. From simple ones to destktop ones that access a 
 database, desktop ones that use internet to connect to a remote 
 database and web based ones with a database behind. We have 6 months 
 and the idea is to work a lot remotely. Thin is that I do not want to 
 use any kind of Microsoft products. Some of them do not have modern 
 machines but until now, in previous classs, we could install Freebsd, 
 text mode, and work from there.
 
 Now we will try to have a graphical mode in Freebsd. With that we 
 would like to be able to develop graphical applications for Windows 
 (we all know that's the market and here some companies is what they 
 are looking), so maybe sound crazy but I am looking to develop 
 applications for Windows without using WIndows or Microsofot products at 
 least.
 
 I have been looking for this for months. First case using Windows but 
 not Microsoft products. I found some options BUT they all were 
 expensive on the deployment. The runtimes were not free and the 
 amount of money to pay was not a good option. Others provide  real 
 free excutables for runtimes but the products were expensive. I am 
 now trying to, If possible, have FreeBSD running graphically and then 
 use open source software to develop graphical windows applications.
 
 Maybe I am wrong but until now I think my only option is to use 
 Phyton. Is that correct? For what I have searched Python will let me 
 create executables and will let me create Graphical solutions even 
 for other platforms (Mac or LInux or whatever runs Python).
 
 Talking with friend, he believes that my best bet is to teach them C 
 or C++ and use some of the options for developing graphically ( I am 
 not a C or C++ expert but I can learn alone).
 
 I was wondering if you could give some advie and comments on this.
 
 Are you developing commercial applications (including Windows ones) 
 using FreeBsd as your platform? Or Maybe any Linux Distribution?
 
 Would you do that with Python or something else?
 
 Any extra advice is more than welcomed.
 
 Thanks in advanced.
 

Any reason you don't want to use Java?

OO, plenty of IDEs to choose from, ranging from vim to Eclipse which
run on both Windows and Unix.

If I wanted to develop for Windows (I don't), that's what I'd use so I
could develop my code using FreeBSD.

The best part is that Java skills are in demand. (I don't know if
that's the case in Mexico though).


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Re: problem to kill -KILL process

2012-01-21 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 11:24:21PM +0200, ??? ??? wrote:

 Hi
 
 # ps ax|grep rad
 45471  ??  TLs   263:35.44 /usr/local/sbin/radiusd
 26473   1  S+   0:00.00 grep rad
 flux# date
 Fri Jan 20 23:20:28 UTC 2012
 flux# kill -KILL 45471
 flux# date
 Fri Jan 20 23:20:41 UTC 2012
 flux# kill -KILL 45471
 flux# date
 Fri Jan 20 23:20:54 UTC 2012
 flux# kill -KILL 45471
 
 
 top
 9 root16- 0K 8K syncer  2   7:12  0.00% syncer
 45471 freeradius  20  -20   311M   283M STOP0   3:38  0.00% {radiusd}
 49114 root210 10460K  4240K select  0   2:43  0.00% zebra
 
 How to kill process without reboot?
 

Doesn't radius have a script in /usr/local/etc/rc.d?

If so use that to stop it rather than KILLing it. E.g:

# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/radiusd stop

or something like that.


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Re: FreeBSD 9

2012-01-20 Thread 'Frank Shute'
On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 05:31:00PM -0800, Devin Teske wrote:

 
 
  -Original Message- From: 'Frank Shute'
  [mailto:fr...@shute.org.uk] Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:52
  PM To: Devin Teske Cc: 'Chad Perrin';
  freebsd-questions@freebsd.org; Dave Robison Subject: Re: FreeBSD 9
  
  On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 02:36:29PM -0800, Devin Teske wrote:
  
  
  

 I believe the difficulty in maintenance stems primarily
 from the fact that the existing partition editor MAY have to
 be entirely rewritten to accommodate other root filesystem
 types (but even that's not entirely true -- if done right).

 Other than that, it's most likely just FUD and misperception
 that sysinstall(8) is either (a) hard to maintain or (b)
 hard to extend.  -- Devin
   
To quote the manpage for sysinstall:
   
BUGS
   
snip
   
 This utility is a prototype which lasted several years
 past its expira- tion date and is greatly in need of
 death.
   
 There are a (great) number of undocumented variables.
 UTSL.
   
  
   Perspective.
  
   Let's take a look at the commit history for this manual.
  
  Let's not. Let us discuss the merit of what the manpage says.
  
  There are a (great) number of undocumented variables.
  
  From my reading of postings to this list and stable@,
 
 yet not -sysinstall@ (?!)

Didn't know it existed until now!

 
  it was felt that sysinstall couldn't be extended without a total
  re-write, that seems to suggest that the manpage is right and is
  not FUD.
  
 

 I disagree. Just because you document something doesn't make it
 true.
 
 I've already discussed the fact that the first line you quoted (in
 need of death) is 15+ years old and we have no way of tracking its
 origin and thus can't extrapolate why on-Earth it was put into a
 release-quality product in the first place.
 
 The second line you quote (which was added 2 years 10 months ago via
 SVN r189754 by grog@) has everything to do with highlighting the
 fact that sysinstall(8) is highly scriptable through a large number
 of under-documented dispatch keywords and nothing to do with the
 total re-write issue you're discussing.
 
 Plus, the keywords are a lot more documented than you think. If a
 dispatch word is not documented, there's probably good cause (a
 great number of the dispatch keywords are meant for internal use
 only and their documentation would merely invite strangeness only
 reserved for people that know what they're doing -- i.e.  they can
 read the code to learn what their function is).
 
 However, I will concede to the fact that the number of dispatch
 keywords that are documented versus ones that CAN be used is only
 about 33%.
 
 Here's how I generated that number...
 
 awk '/VAR_/{sub(/[^]*/,);sub(/$/,);print}'
 /usr/src/usr.sbin/sysinstall/sysinstall.h | sh -c 'while read var;do
 zgrep -q \$var\ /usr/share/man/man8/sysinstall.8.gz 
 varcount=$((${varcount:-0}+1));done;echo $varcount'
 
 This returns the number of variables -- as-defined-as a dispatch
 keyword in sysinstall.h -- are present in the manual.
 
 In 9.0-RELEASE, it returns 33 for me.
 
 In contrast with the number of dispatch keywords, obtainable by:
 
 awk '/VAR_/{print}' | wc -l
 
 which returns 105 for me ... minus the markedly internal keywords
 which begin with _...
 
 awk '/VAR_/{print}' | grep -vc '_'
 
 We see 101 supposedly-usable dispatch keywords which brings us to
 about 33% documentation.
 
 However, I will re-iterate...
 
 The first quote you pulled from the man-page was made 15+ years ago,
 the second quote you pulled was from 2+ years ago and the two are
 not related. The first declares some inferred quality about the code
 itself and the second simply states that the variable keywords are
 under-documented. One not-necessarily imply the other or vice-versa.
 -- Devin
 

Devin, damn you with your logic, sensible arguments 
*statistics*[spit] ;)

You've obviously got more invested in sysinstall than I have. It was
always a thing that I just muddled through to get a minimal system up
 running.

But if you're using the scripting interface then I can see that you
would want something of equivalent functionality in the replacement,
bsdinstall.


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Re: FreeBSD 9

2012-01-19 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 11:22:14AM -0800, Devin Teske wrote:

 
 
  
  On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 11:15:08AM +0100, Eduardo Morras wrote:
  
   I think that a full/complete update of the old installer to add
   it support GEOM, ZFS, scripting and more newer features will
   consume more manpower and resources than create a new one from
   scratch, where the devs aren't chained by old code, backwards
   compatibility, old restrictions and old point of views. This
   way, is easier correct bugs, new features, simplify the
   installation and even automate it to this new installer than try
   to add them to the old one.
  
  I'm curious: Is this just speculation, or have you determined this
  by reading
 the
  source of the old installer?  Old code means *tested* code, and
  when it is
 well-
  maintained it often means easily extensible code.  Is that the
  case for the
 old
  installer, or is the older installer a crufty mess of temporary
  fixes that
 became
  permanent, as your statements seem to imply?
  
 
 I believe the difficulty in maintenance stems primarily from the
 fact that the existing partition editor MAY have to be entirely
 rewritten to accommodate other root filesystem types (but even
 that's not entirely true -- if done right).
 
 Other than that, it's most likely just FUD and misperception that
 sysinstall(8) is either (a) hard to maintain or (b) hard to extend.
 -- Devin

To quote the manpage for sysinstall:

BUGS

snip

 This utility is a prototype which lasted several years past its expira-
 tion date and is greatly in need of death.

 There are a (great) number of undocumented variables.  UTSL.


I welcome the new installer. sysinstall was a piece of buggy garbage
that gave a pretty poor first impression of FreeBSD.

The new installer will get better with time.


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Re: FreeBSD 9

2012-01-19 Thread 'Frank Shute'
On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 02:36:29PM -0800, Devin Teske wrote:

 
 
  
   I believe the difficulty in maintenance stems primarily from
   the fact that the existing partition editor MAY have to be
   entirely rewritten to accommodate other root filesystem types
   (but even that's not entirely true -- if done right).
  
   Other than that, it's most likely just FUD and misperception
   that sysinstall(8) is either (a) hard to maintain or (b) hard to
   extend.  -- Devin
  
  To quote the manpage for sysinstall:
  
  BUGS
  
  snip
  
   This utility is a prototype which lasted several years past
   its expira- tion date and is greatly in need of death.
  
   There are a (great) number of undocumented variables.  UTSL.
  
 
 Perspective.
 
 Let's take a look at the commit history for this manual.

Let's not. Let us discuss the merit of what the manpage says.

There are a (great) number of undocumented variables.

From my reading of postings to this list and stable@, it was felt that
sysinstall couldn't be extended without a total re-write, that seems
to suggest that the manpage is right and is not FUD.

 
 Try as you might, you can't go back far-enough to find when that
 message was even added. However, you can see where the message was
 tweaked slightly by a couple people:
 
 SVN r49961 by mpp@ addressing PR docs/13148 and docs/13144
 
   Prior to-which the message said 3 years past (s/3/several/)
 
 SVN r40275 by jkh@ (no PR mentioned)
 
   Prior to-which the message said 2 years past (s/2/3/)
 
 So, literally for the past 15+ years, the man-page has said
 essentially the same thing prototype ... in need of death.
 
 I raise the hypothesis that:
 
 a. The prototype ... in need of death message in the man-page was
 added by the original author, whom...
 
 b. ...had self-esteem issues on that particular day (hence the
 self-denigrating remark about one's code).
 
 I further pontificate that once the original author relinquished
 control of sysinstall(8) (whomever that may be -- since commit logs
 don't go back that far) that one of the 2-dozen-plus committers
 should have removed that message to quell evident propagation of FUD
 against sysinstall(8)).
 
 Afterall, who's to say that sysinstall(8) was still a prototype when
 it was being used for several major releases in production and
 enterprise environments.
 
 But instead, this entry in the man-page was not removed,
 year-after-year, but instead maintained (with no apparent rhyme or
 reason).
 
 The situation is the exact opposite of what we're seeing with
 bsdinstall.  sysinstall(8) was added to the tree as a prototype
 yet was stable. Now we see bsdinstall added to the tree as a
 NON-prototype yet is NOT-stable or free of show-stoppers!
 
 
  I welcome the new installer. sysinstall was a piece of buggy
  garbage that gave
 a
  pretty poor first impression of FreeBSD.
  
 
 I think we have some very different opinions of what buggy is.

It didn't do what you asked it to do on occasion. It violated pola
wholesale.

That didn't bother me much. I'd become familiarised with it and could
work round all that to get a minimal system installed but it was a
pretty poor experience for newbies.

 
 
  The new installer will get better with time.
  
 
 The new installer is buggy, and the above maxim is something I'd
 rather not have to deal with when downloading RELEASE software.

I don't doubt that the new installer may be buggy in parts but so was
sysinstall and nobody was tempted to fix it. At least with bsdinstall
people are actively developing it.

 
 RELEASE software shouldn't be released under the statement it will
 get better with time. Releasing feature-INcomplete software that is
 known to be broken hurts the FreeBSD impression far more than
 sysinstall ever could/did. I feel your argument is an attempt to
 justify the egregious offense of foisting premature software on the
 community when in-fact it does NOT replicate even a fraction of the
 abilities of sysinstall.
 
 IMHO.  -- Devin

It's a chicken/egg situation. Eventually you have to release software
that is possibly buggy/feature incomplete or nobody tests it and files
pr's.

Arguments can be had about whether it was released too soon but I'm
not tempted to get into them.

It's odd that sysinstall should get support now, it got bugger all
support when it was alive.


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Re: Installing FreeBSD ver. 8.2

2012-01-08 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Jan 08, 2012 at 12:32:25AM +0100, Polytropon wrote:

 On Sat,  7 Jan 2012 15:05:55 -0800 (PST), leeoliveshackelf...@surewest.net 
 wrote:
  (1)  Does anyone know how to get FreeBSD to read the
  motherboard name?  This name, on an xw4400, starts with
  HP followed by a eleven digits, and is given in Windows
  XP as Full Computer Name on the Computer Name tab
  of the System Properties window.  Among other purposes,
  this name is used by Novell network operating system to
  distinguish hosts on a subnet.
 
 The OS provides the output of dmesg and maybe the
 output of pciconf -lv, as well as the sysctl value
 dev.acpi.0.%desc which may contain the required
 information. However, I'm sure there is a program
 in the ports collection that can be used to obtain
 that kind of information.
 
 Try:
 
   dmesg | grep HP
   sysctl -a | grep HP
   pciconf -lv | less
 
 and see if there's such a number mentioned. Maybe
 you can also use acpidump to retrieve that information
 from the ACPI datasets.
 
 
 
  (2)  I cannot get the find command to locate files
  that I believe were installed at the time of sysinstall. 
  If I understand the Handbook correctly, when one runs
  find from the / directory, it is supposed to inspect
  all directories and subdirectories of all partitions,
  which it is not doing.  What concept am I missing here?
 
 It would be easier to answer if you could provide
 the find command line you've been running. :-)
 
 See man find for more information. Basically,
 find / -name namespec -type f should be sufficient
 to access all partitions currently mounted to search
 for namespec specified regular files.
 
 
 
  (3)  I thought that I would obtain a better understanding
  of the file system by running man heir.  This command
  runs fine under sh.  When I switch to my preferred shell,
  which is bash, I type, and receive echo on the screen,
  man hei.  As soon as I depress r, the entire previously
  entered command echos to the screen, starting where the
  r should have appeared.  In checking the bash manual, it
  says that this response is correct for control-r.  I
  could not find non-shift-r to be called out as a command. 
  Am I doing something wrong?  Is this a hardware bug?  Is
  this a software bug?  Is there something that needs to be
  defined or undefined in a configuration file?  
 
 No, bash's configuration files provided after install
 should be fine.
 
 However, I think you have a typo. The command you're
 intending to run is man hier (hierarchy). I've
 tested both csh and bash here, both allow the command
 to be entered without any interruption. When I type
 man hei followed by Ctrl+R, I get the following
 output: (reverse-i-search)`': man hei.
 
 
 
  (4)  Not having very good luck with the find command,
  I thought I would try to use the locate command. 
  To use this command, one must create a database. 
  On www.us-webmasters.com, I read that this database
  could be constructed by running the command
  #usr/libexec/locate.updatedb. 
 
 The required task is usually executed by the system's
 night job at 3:00 once a week. The script that will
 be run is /etc/periodic/weekly/310.locate which you
 could run manually. It will deal with the correct
 call of /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb (instead of
 running it as root!).

The thing to run is periodic(8):

# periodic weekly

That will also update other useful stuff.


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Re: Revision control advice

2011-12-22 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 08:24:01PM -0700, ss griffon wrote:

 On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Da Rock
 freebsd-questi...@herveybayaustralia.com.au wrote:
  On 12/22/11 11:37, Chris Hill wrote:
 
  Hello list,
 
  I apologize for this posting being not-much-on-topic, but my other
  resources have come to naught and I think you folks may have some 
  experience
  in this area.
 
  I'm looking to set up some sort of revision control system at work. Simple
  enough, except that our situation is approximately the reverse of what most
  revision control systems are designed for.
 
  Unlike, e.g., FreeBSD kernel development, we have dozens or hundreds of
  small, rapid-fire projects that are created at the rate of 3 to 20 per
  month. They last a few days or a few months and are (usually) not developed
  afterward. Each project has one to three developers working on it, 
  sometimes
  simultaneously. Usually it's one guy per project.
 
  Since my programmers are not necessarily UNIX-savvy, I'd like to deploy a
  web interface for them which will allow them to create new repositories
  (projects) as well as the normal checkin, checkout, etc. I want to set this
  up once, and from there on have the programmers deal with managing their 
  own
  repos. And heaven forfend exposing them to the horrors of the shell.
 
  I've built a test server (9.0-RC3, amd64) for experimenting with this
  stuff. So far I've installed and played with:
   - fossil. I like the simplicity and light weight, but it doesn't seem to
  allow creation of new repos at all (let alone multiple ones) from the web
  interface, and the documentation is meager. I've pretty much given up on 
  it.
   - subversion, which looks like the heavy hitter of RCSs, but it's not at
  all clear to me how to handle the multiple-project scenario. Still working
  on it.
   - git looks promising, but I have not installed it yet.
 
  If anyone can point me to a tool that might be suitable, I would be most
  grateful.
 
  I'd suggest subversion. It allows individual files to be versioned, you can
  setup a webdav interface, and there are other tools that can help maintain
  it.
 
  Forget the individual repositories. Setup a single repository and have
  directories for each project. in each directory you can then setup trunk,
  branches, whatever, as per best practices in the Book.
 
  Designate a person or two to administer, and use directory level auth, or
  another alternative I haven't thought of.
 
  My 2c's anyway. HTH
 
 
 Yeah I would second what Mr Rock says.  Set up a single repo where
 folders can be used for projects.  Since svn lets you checkout sub
 folders of a repo, each developer can check out the folder that
 corresponds to their project.  Also, Tortoise svn is a very nice
 graphical utility that will allow your developers to manage there svn
 folders without even needing a web interface (most non unix people
 that I know like tortoise), so there is less maintenance for you :)
 Finally, kudos to moving towards using version control, its an
 important step for a software company.

I'll 3rd the choice of Subversion. It's quite easy to setup and use.

There's also the book online:

http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.7/index.html

for you to read at your pleasure and which you can also point your users to.


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Re: Installing free bsd

2011-12-12 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 06:05:29PM -0500, Jerry McAllister wrote:

 First of all, always include the list in a response to something
 from the list.   Other people will be reading and may well know
 more than me or any other person who responds.   eg, don't just 
 send the follow-on question back to the one responding.  Send it
 to the list.
 
 
 On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 04:26:06PM -0600, Daniel Lewis wrote:
 
  do direct ftp to disk? And what do you mean by fixate?
 
 No.  You ftp the file down to the local machine and then use a CD burning 
 utility to burn file to the CD.   On FreeBSD there is one called 'burncd'.
 I am not familiar with the ones on a MS system, but there are several
 available.   Maybe someone else will suggest one or there is probably
 some information in the handbook.
 
 Fixate is something that finishes writing a terminal record on
 the CD image or something like that.  I don't really know in
 detail.   I think some burner utilities do it automatically with
 no choice.   The burncd utility needs to have you specify it.
 
 jerry
 
 
  
  On 12/12/11, Jerry McAllister jerr...@msu.edu wrote:
   On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 02:36:04PM -0600, Daniel Lewis wrote:
  
   Im new to FreeBSD and did a FTP of 8.2 and unzipped to a cd rom. It
   was an ISO Version. I then FTP the CDROM BOOT file and un zipped it.
   Unfortunately It wont auto start when i put disk in computer startup.
   Need support.. Is the windows format on disk causing problems?
  
   Well, the .iso files you get from the FreeBSD distribution are ISO
   image files that need to be burned directly to a disk.  There is no
   other processing or formatting that may be done.
  
   I do not know what you mean by 'unzipped to a cd rom'.  I have never
   done anything that sounded like that.
  
   You should just download the .iso file and burn in to a fresh cd
   and fixate it.  Then boot it.
  
   jerry
  

I've used Nero in the past on a Windows system to burn an ISO. You can
download it (probably timebombed) from http://www.tucows.com/ I think.

Instructions on burning and fixating are here:

http://iso.snoekonline.com/iso.htm


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Re: 9.0 install and journaling

2011-12-10 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 07:51:50PM +1000, R Skinner wrote:

 I bit the bullet and installed the rc3, after spending half the day 
 fighting to get atheros 9285 working on a new laptop. I have to do 
 another as well, so...
 
 After recovering myself from the shock of the new bsdinstall (not bad. A 
 little confusing after using sysinstall for so long), I installed the 
 system with 1 (thats right One! Ah ha ha) partition - yet another shock 
 to figure through. What I'm staggered about is I was using fdisk to 
 setup journaling on the usr and var partitions.
 
 So I went to the handbook. I'm still a little confused though: can one 
 still setup the usr and var (and so forth)? It said you possibly could, 
 but it escaped me as to how. And before I do- I looked up journaling on 
 9. I couldn't quite get to the bottom of whether it is or isn't 
 available/standard, or how to determine its happening. I'm only 
 interested because of unexpected shutdowns/battery dead on the laptop- I 
 also have 500G which is a while to wait for fsck. Speed I'd like, but I 
 have to consider system integrity first.
 
 Little light, please?
 
 Cheers

I'm unfamiliar with the new bsdinstaller but AFAIK it sets up a UFS2
filesystem for you.

This comes with background fsck and softupdates which achieve the
objective of not having to wait for a lengthy foreground fsck if you
don't shutdown your laptop cleanly.

As for filesystem integrity, I've occasionally not shutdown properly
and the system has subsequently come up quickly again with the
background fsck doing it's stuff.

I don't remember anybody posting to this list saying: Help! I didn't
shutdown my machine properly and now my filesystem is toast.

At the worst you may have to run a foreground fsck.

You can set up a proper journal:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/geom-gjournal.html

but to be honest, I wouldn't bother in your position: it's just more
stuff to go wrong for no appreciable gain to you.


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Re: where to ask about problems with bsdinstall in 9.0RC2?

2011-11-22 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:40:45AM -0500, William Bulley wrote:

 According to Ian Smith smi...@nimnet.asn.au on Sat, 11/19/11 at 13:29:
  
  Unfortunately that concentrates on creating a GPT layout, encouraging a 
  Linux-like single (plus a boot) partition - forget using dump/restore -
  and says nothing much about installing over an existing setup with MBR 
  partitioning and multiple slices, a not uncommon setup on many existing 
  laptops .. eg here I want to install over a previous 7.2-RELEASE 60GB 
  slice partitioned as I want it - 1GB /, 4GB /var, 16GB /usr and ~37GB 
  /home.  Further, I want to preserve /home as is, despite having backups.
  
  sysinstall's partitioning is more sophisticated; you get to specifically 
  toggle on or off newfs'ing each partition, as well as specifying newfs 
  options if you want.  So it's clear whether you'll be newfs'ing / and 
  which other partitions, and which you'll be leaving alone, eg /home.
  
  On BETA1 I recorded Extract Error while extracting base.txz: can't set 
  user=0/group=0 for /var/empty Can't update time for /var/empty .. which 
  someone/s else also reported, which turned out to be misleading .. the 
  basic problem is that the filesystem isn't empty, ie as after newfs.
 
 I hate to be a pest about this, but bsdinstall just isn't working for me.
 I grabbed the 9.0RC2 bootonly ISO for i386 and tried again to load this
 onto this Dell laptop.  This time the *.txz files had to be gotten over
 the network which took longer that with the DVD1 ISO.   :-(
 
 The files were fetched, and checked/verified, then the actual installation
 (extraction) began.  Unfortunately, I got the same error pop-up message.
 This time I have the exact text of that error message:
 
Error while extracting base.txz: Can't
 set user=0/group=0 for var/emptyCan't
 update time for var/empty
 
 Note the missing space or CR before the second Can't
 
 What confused me at first was the missing slash (/) character before the
 two var pathnames.  But I now understand that is because I am updating
 (not installing) from a previously working (was 8.2-STABLE in this case)
 system where the four partitions (root, swap, /var, and /usr) are present
 and full of FreeBSD files, etc.
 
 If this is a feature of bsdinstall, then it should be mentioned in the
 documentation somewhere.  I used the Manual configuration method where
 I was asked to name the mount points for root, /var and /usr.  My question
 is this: if bsdinstall can't handle installing over top of an already
 existing system on disk, then why ask the user for mount points on those
 already existing partitions?  This seems weird to me.
 
 So now I am back to square one.  I want to load 9.0RC2 onto this laptop
 for reasons that aren't relevant to this thread, yet I am unable to do
 so because as of 9.0 sysinstall has been replaced by bsdinstall.  
 
 For the record, how do I upgrade to 9.0RC2 (or any 9.0 variant) from a
 system already running 8.2-STABLE?  Had this attempt been using the
 sysinstall method, I would have long since been up and running FreeBSD
 9.x on this laptop.  Please advise.  Thanks in advance.

Can't help you with your bsdinstall woes but to upgrade from
8.2-STABLE to 9.0-RELEASE(currently RC2) branch you want to do a
csup(1)/buildworld cycle.

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cvsup.html
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/makeworld.html

You should use the tag:

*default release=cvs tag=RELENG_9_0

in your supfile. More details at:

http://www.shute.org.uk/misc/freebsd_uptodate.html


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Re: where to ask about problems with bsdinstall in 9.0RC2?

2011-11-22 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 01:56:23PM -0500, William Bulley wrote:

 According to Frank Shute fr...@shute.org.uk on Tue, 11/22/11 at 13:36:
  
  Can't help you with your bsdinstall woes but to upgrade from
  8.2-STABLE to 9.0-RELEASE(currently RC2) branch you want to do a
  csup(1)/buildworld cycle.
  
  http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cvsup.html
  http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/makeworld.html
  
  You should use the tag:
  
  *default release=cvs tag=RELENG_9_0
  
  in your supfile. More details at:
  
  http://www.shute.org.uk/misc/freebsd_uptodate.html
 
 Thanks.  :)
 
 Perhaps you came into this thread late, but that was my first attempt.
 But at that time, a few weeks ago, we were still at 9.0RC1 and my then
 buildworld/installworld attempt failed during the kernel compile step.

Sorry, William. I deleted the rest of the thread  then forgot what the
thread was originally about :) Put it down to senility.

 
 Now that 9.0RC2 is available, I reckon it is worth a try dealing with
 the csup/buildworld/installworld process.  I hope this works this time.

Best of luck!

 
 Regards,
 
 web...
 

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Re: FreeBSD make buildworld fail: cc: Internal error: Killed: 9 (program cc1)

2011-11-13 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 10:51:29AM +, Traiano Welcome wrote:

 Another question worth asking: how much memory/swap does the machine
 have? If FreeBSD runs short of memory, it will start killing
 processes.

 Hi Frank
 
  As follows:
 
  Mem: 96M Active, 286M Inact, 224M Wired, 213M Buf, 1368M Free
  Swap: 4094M Total, 4094M Free
 
 Note that this is FreeBSD system is installed in a Vmware VM. No swap
 partition is configured as I expected the system to run entirely with RAM
 as managed by the Vmware hypervisor and resource management technology.
 Note that this machine is currently doing nothing else other than my
 attempts at make buildworld.
 

Hi Traiano,


That looks OK.

The only other thing I can think of is testing your memory with
sysutils/memtest.

It's unusual for it to die with SIGKILL though. Still it's worth
ruling it out.


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Re: FreeBSD make buildworld fail: cc: Internal error: Killed: 9 (program cc1)

2011-11-10 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:05:27AM +, Traiano Welcome wrote:

 Hi All
 
  I'm trying to upgrade from FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE #0 to FreeBSD 8.2 or
 better. My upgrade sequence would be as follows:
 
  0. cd /usr/src/;make cleanworld (and in extreme cases rm -rf /usr/src/*
 and rm -rf /usr/obj)
  1. csup -L 2 stable supfile.
  2. cd /usr/src; make buildworld  make buildkernel  make installkernel
  make installworld  reboot
  3. mergemaster -p  make installworld  mergemaster  reboot
 
 
 My stable-supfile is as follows:
 
 ---
  *default host=cvsup2.za.freebsd.org
  *default base=/var/db
  *default prefix=/usr
  *default release=cvs tag=RELENG_8_2
  *default delete use-rel-suffix
  src-all
 ---
 
 
  However, I'm not getting past make buildworld. Below is the tail end of
 my make buildworld:
 
 ---
 .
 .
 .
 
 cc -O2 -pipe -DIN_GCC -DHAVE_CONFIG_H
 -DPREFIX=\/usr/obj/usr/src/tmp/usr\
 -I/usr/obj/usr/src/tmp/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../cc_tools
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../cc_tools
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcc
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcc/config
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcclibs/include
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcclibs/libcpp/include
  -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcclibs/libdecnumber
   -I/usr/obj/usr/src/tmp/legacy/usr/include -c ../cc_tools/insn-attrtab.c
 cc: Internal error: Killed: 9 (program cc1)
 Please submit a full bug report.
 See URL:http://gcc.gnu.org/bugs.html for instructions.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src.
 ---
 
 
 My questions are:
 
 - Is this a known issue (can't  seem to find much on google) ?
 - If not, how would I go about pinpointing the root cause of this compile
 error. Upping the make debug level doesn't seem to get my any more
 detailed information that I can use .
 
 I've run csup multiple times (with multiple make clean;make
 cleanworld;make cleandir in between) across 48 hours , but each update  to
 my source tree doesn't seem to get any different result.
 
 I've also tried upgrading my userland tools before doing the upgrade
 (portupgrade -a) in the hope that the my compiler tools might have been
 updated to fix this.
 
 
 Any advice would be appreciated,
 Traiano

Can you supply us with:

$ uname -a
$ cc -v
$ cat /etc/make.conf


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Re: FreeBSD make buildworld fail: cc: Internal error: Killed: 9 (program cc1)

2011-11-10 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:05:27AM +, Traiano Welcome wrote:

[snip]
 
 cc -O2 -pipe -DIN_GCC -DHAVE_CONFIG_H
 -DPREFIX=\/usr/obj/usr/src/tmp/usr\
 -I/usr/obj/usr/src/tmp/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../cc_tools
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../cc_tools
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcc
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcc/config
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcclibs/include
 -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcclibs/libcpp/include
  -I/usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int/../../../../contrib/gcclibs/libdecnumber
   -I/usr/obj/usr/src/tmp/legacy/usr/include -c ../cc_tools/insn-attrtab.c
 cc: Internal error: Killed: 9 (program cc1)
 Please submit a full bug report.
 See URL:http://gcc.gnu.org/bugs.html for instructions.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc/cc_int.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src/gnu/usr.bin/cc.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/src.
 ---
 

Another question worth asking: how much memory/swap does the machine
have? If FreeBSD runs short of memory, it will start killing
processes.


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Re: painful binary upgrade from 8.1 to 8.2

2011-11-06 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Nov 06, 2011 at 11:54:27AM -0800, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:

  Mark == Mark Felder f...@feld.me writes:
 
 Mark Does freebsd-update follow /etc/mergemaster.rc?
 
 No, apparently it just calls classic merge, which doesn't have any
 kind of ignore CVS tags.  No wonder it's painful.
 
 But surely, I'm not the only one using freebsd-update.  Does everyone
 else put up with this, or is there some additional tool I'm missing?
 

I had the exact same problem when going from 7.3 to 7.4

The result: I don't use freebsd-update any longer and update the
traditional way from source.

AFAIK, I followed the instructions to the letter.

I would be interested to see if there is a workaround, otherwise it
seems that freebsd-update is the long way of updating; assuming
you've got the ignore CVS tags flag enabled in mergemaster.rc


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Re: Fast personal printing _without_ CUPS

2011-10-30 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 07:28:24AM -0400, Jerry wrote:

 You cannot even get a decent N - protocol wireless device, or even
 a not so decent one for that matter, to work on FreeBSD while the
 rest of the world has had working solutions for 5 years. What the
 hell are they waiting for -- the second coming of the invisible man
 in the sky? Friggin PATHETIC. 

IEEE 802.11n-2009 was only published 2 years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11n-2009#Timeline

Can we have enough of you whining about no n? Thanks.


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Re: nice man pages?

2011-10-26 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 11:34:18PM -0600, Warren Block wrote:

 On Tue, 25 Oct 2011, Adam Vande More wrote:
 
 On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 8:20 PM, Patrick Lamaiziere
 patf...@davenulle.orgwrote:
 
 Hello,
 
 I use sysutils/most to have nice manual pages in color, that's cool but
 is there a way to do this with the base system (ie without adding port)?
 
 
 https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Man_Page
 
 A) printf on FreeBSD doesn't do \e, so use \033 instead.
 
 B) My eyes!

Agree on B!

You can change the colours of course.

http://www.understudy.net/custom.html#table2

shows the colour codes.

I changed mine to this:

man() {
env \
LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$(printf \033[1;34m) \
LESS_TERMCAP_md=$(printf \033[1;34m) \
LESS_TERMCAP_me=$(printf \033[0m) \
LESS_TERMCAP_se=$(printf \033[0m) \
LESS_TERMCAP_so=$(printf \033[1;44;33m) \
LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$(printf \033[0m) \
LESS_TERMCAP_us=$(printf \033[0;35m) \
man $@
}

in ~/.kshrc


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Re: BSD_10_2011.pdf - typical problem

2011-10-25 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 06:16:04PM -0400, Chuck Bacon wrote:

 I often receive PDFs which die with gv.  I have just downloaded the 
 current copy of BSD_10_2011.pdf, with stats:
 MD5 (BSD_10_2011.pdf) = 69c8b0be7c59870eb41e09b46fa568ba
 -just so's you know.
 This one causes gv to respond with:
 Error: /syntaxerror in readxrefGNU Ghostscript 7.07: Unrecoverable 
 error, exit code .. etc.
 Some PDFs come through OK, but about half fail, often with different 
 errors.  I'm running:
 FreeBSD tomato.local 8.2-RELEASE-p3 FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p3 #0: Tue Sep 
 27 18:45:57 UTC 
 2011  r...@amd64-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC 
 amd64
 on an ASUS MB and AMD64 4x CPU.  Any ideas?
 As a retired sysadmin from the 1950s, I'm over my head but can't let go 
 :-)
 So I need help sometimes :-(
Many thanks - Chuck Bacon c...@cape.com

Not sure why you're using gv. Try graphics/xpdf.

Use xpdf to view the pdf and pdftops to convert it to postscript for
printing.


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Re: trying to learn systems programming, fear I have not understood and thus messed up

2011-10-22 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 06:53:33PM +0200, Christopher J. Ruwe wrote:

 To improve on my C and to learn something about systems programming, I
 have begun to pick out bite-size bits from the bin-PRs. Currently, I
 am dispairing about bin/149972, which is about 1) adding error handling
 to pw being invoced pw -u username and 2) trying to get a uid from
 the (incorrectly) passed username. Currently, I cannot accomplish want
 I wanted to do, so I turn here for hints or help.
 

[snip]

Christopher, you're probably best off posting to hackers@ for
programming problems pertaining to FreeBSD.


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Re: Can't access a music CD

2011-10-10 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Oct 09, 2011 at 08:33:01PM -0500, Michael D. Norwick wrote:

 Good Day;
 
 Since installing FreeBSD 9-beta2 (now 9-beta3) I have not been able to 
 play a music cd with the dvd writer on this laptop.  It is a Dell 
 Latitude D630.  I have built several new worlds and kernels with the 
 following devices enabled in the kernel config.;
 
 devicescbus# SCSI bus (required for ATA/SCSI)
 devicech# SCSI media changers
 deviceatapicam
 deviceda# Direct Access (disks)
 devicesa# Sequential Access (tape etc)
 devicecd# CD
 devicepass# Passthrough device (direct ATA/SCSI access)
 deviceses# SCSI Environmental Services (and SAF-TE)
 
 $uname -a
 
 FreeBSD ..net 9.0-BETA3 FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 #0: Sat Oct  8 
 19:48:29 CDT 2011 
 michael@..net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/KERNEL_100811  amd64
 
 This kernel was built after a recent csup and portsnap fetch.  The 
 buildworld and buildkernel steps have executed several times without 
 error.  A recent portupgrade only updated a couple of applications.
 
 dmesg says this;
 
 cd0 at ata0 bus 0 scbus1 target 0 lun 0
 cd0: TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-L632H D300 Removable CD-ROM SCSI-0 device
 cd0: 33.300MB/s transfers (UDMA2, ATAPI 12bytes, PIO 65534bytes)
 cd0: Attempt to query device size failed: NOT READY, Medium not present 
 - tray closed
 
 and /boot/loader.conf says this;
 
 linux_load=YES
 atapicam_load=YES
 
 With a music CD in the drive /var/log/messages says this;
 
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): READ(10). CDB: 28 0 
 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): CAM status: SCSI 
 Status Error
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): SCSI status: Check 
 Condition
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): SCSI sense: ILLEGAL 
 REQUEST asc:64,0 (Illegal mode for this track)
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): cddone: got error 
 0x6 back
 
 and /etc/devfs.conf says this;
 
 # Commonly used by many ports
 #link   acd0cdrom
 linkcd0 cdrom
 own cd0 root:wheel
 permcd0 0660
 
 I think I might be missing something in /etc/devfs.conf.  man devfs.conf 
 or the handbook did not get me any closer to a solution.
 
 It worked under 8.2 on this machine.
 
 Thank You for the help.
 

What does:

$ ls -l /dev | grep cd

give you?

I assume you're a member of wheel.

Give cdcontrol(1) a go if the above looks ok.

Make sure your volume isn't turned right down! (mixer(1))

Have you checked out that your sound card is configured ok?

$ cat /dev/sndstat


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Re: Can't access a music CD

2011-10-10 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 04:47:40AM -0500, Michael D. Norwick wrote:

 On 10/10/11 01:37, Frank Shute wrote:
 On Sun, Oct 09, 2011 at 08:33:01PM -0500, Michael D. Norwick wrote:
 Good Day;
 
 Since installing FreeBSD 9-beta2 (now 9-beta3) I have not been able to
 play a music cd with the dvd writer on this laptop.  It is a Dell
 Latitude D630.  I have built several new worlds and kernels with the
 following devices enabled in the kernel config.;
 
 devicescbus# SCSI bus (required for ATA/SCSI)
 devicech# SCSI media changers
 deviceatapicam
 deviceda# Direct Access (disks)
 devicesa# Sequential Access (tape etc)
 devicecd# CD
 devicepass# Passthrough device (direct ATA/SCSI access)
 deviceses# SCSI Environmental Services (and SAF-TE)
 
 $uname -a
 
 FreeBSD ..net 9.0-BETA3 FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 #0: Sat Oct  8
 19:48:29 CDT 2011
 michael@..net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/KERNEL_100811  amd64
 
 This kernel was built after a recent csup and portsnap fetch.  The
 buildworld and buildkernel steps have executed several times without
 error.  A recent portupgrade only updated a couple of applications.
 
 dmesg says this;
 
 cd0 at ata0 bus 0 scbus1 target 0 lun 0
 cd0:TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-L632H D300  Removable CD-ROM SCSI-0 device
 cd0: 33.300MB/s transfers (UDMA2, ATAPI 12bytes, PIO 65534bytes)
 cd0: Attempt to query device size failed: NOT READY, Medium not present
 - tray closed
 
 and /boot/loader.conf says this;
 
 linux_load=YES
 atapicam_load=YES
 
 With a music CD in the drive /var/log/messages says this;
 
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): READ(10). CDB: 28 0
 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): CAM status: SCSI
 Status Error
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): SCSI status: Check
 Condition
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): SCSI sense: ILLEGAL
 REQUEST asc:64,0 (Illegal mode for this track)
 Oct  9 20:19:01 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): cddone: got error
 0x6 back
 
 and /etc/devfs.conf says this;
 
 # Commonly used by many ports
 #link   acd0cdrom
 linkcd0 cdrom
 own cd0 root:wheel
 permcd0 0660
 
 I think I might be missing something in /etc/devfs.conf.  man devfs.conf
 or the handbook did not get me any closer to a solution.
 
 It worked under 8.2 on this machine.
 
 Thank You for the help.
 
 What does:
 
 $ ls -l /dev | grep cd
 
 give you?
 
 I assume you're a member of wheel.
 
 Give cdcontrol(1) a go if the above looks ok.
 
 Make sure your volume isn't turned right down! (mixer(1))
 
 Have you checked out that your sound card is configured ok?
 
 $ cat /dev/sndstat
 
 
 Regards,
 
 $ ls -l /dev | grep cd
 crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   0, 119 Oct 10 04:29 cd0
 lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel3 Oct 10 04:29 cdrom - cd0
 
 $ cdcontrol status
 Audio status = 21void, current track = 1, current position = 0:00.09
 Media catalog is active, number 0826663409727\000\013
 Left volume = 216, right volume = 216
 $ cdcontrol reset
 cdcontrol: Inappropriate ioctl for device
 $ cdcontrol play
 $ cdcontrol status
 Audio status = 17playing, current track = 1, current position = 1:05.18
 No media catalog info available
 Left volume = 216, right volume = 216

This looks like it's playing. Is the CD/DVD drive active?

 
 $ tail /var/log/messages
 Oct 10 04:30:50 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): cddone: got error 
 0x6 back
 Oct 10 04:30:55 bucksnort dbus[1953]: [system] Activated service 
 'org.freedesktop.SystemToolsBackends.SMBConfig' failed: Launch helper 
 exited with unknown return code 255
 Oct 10 04:30:55 bucksnort dbus[1953]: [system] Activated service 
 'org.freedesktop.SystemToolsBackends.NFSConfig' failed: Launch helper 
 exited with unknown return code 255
 Oct 10 04:30:56 bucksnort dbus[1953]: [system] Activating service 
 name='org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.DateTimeMechanism' (using servicehelper)
 Oct 10 04:30:56 bucksnort dbus[1953]: [system] Successfully activated 
 service 'org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.DateTimeMechanism'
 Oct 10 04:37:41 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): MODE_SENSE(6) 
 failed, increasing minimum CDB size to 10 bytes
 Oct 10 04:39:43 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): READ SUB-CHANNEL. 
 CDB: 42 2 40 2 0 0 0 0 18 0
 Oct 10 04:39:43 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): CAM status: SCSI 
 Status Error
 Oct 10 04:39:43 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): SCSI status: Check 
 Condition
 Oct 10 04:39:43 bucksnort kernel: (cd0:ata0:0:0:0): SCSI sense: ILLEGAL 
 REQUEST asc:0,11 (Audio play operation in progress)

Again, looks like it's playing

 
 Still will not play.  Tried 2 different CD's.
 
 Thank You,

If the drive is active and you're not getting sound out:

What does:

$ mixer



$ cat /dev/sndstat

show?


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Re: Timeline for 9.0-RELEASE?

2011-10-05 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Oct 04, 2011 at 04:23:22PM -0600, Brett Glass wrote:

 Just looked at the project Web site, and the timeline for 
 9.0-RELEASE is way, way out of date. If all goes well, when is 9.0 
 expected to be released? What remains to be done?
 

There might be another BETA or it could go in to the release
candidates (RC). Usually a couple of those. Then the RELEASE; my
guess: December.

That's assuming no horrible bugs are run into and as I say, it's just
a guess as nobody really knows.


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Re: Failing to build multimedia/gstreamer-ffmpeg

2011-10-05 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 at 03:35:58PM -1000, Open Slate wrote:

 Failing to build multimedia/gstreamer-ffmpeg
 
 ---  Upgrading 'gstreamer-ffmpeg-0.10.11_1' to 'gstreamer-ffmpeg-0.10.12'
 (multimedia/gstreamer-ffmpeg)
 ---  Building '/usr/ports/multimedia/gstreamer-ffmpeg'
 ===  Cleaning for gstreamer-ffmpeg-0.10.12
 gstreamer-ffmpeg-0.10.12: Makefile error: you cannot include
 bsd.port[.pre].mk twice
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/ports/multimedia/gstreamer-ffmpeg.
 ** Command failed [exit code 1]: /usr/bin/script -qa
 /tmp/portupgrade20111005-1444-s8mm5a-0 env UPGRADE_TOOL=portupgrade
 UPGRADE_PORT=gstreamer-ffmpeg-0.10.11_1 UPGRADE_PORT_VER=0.10.11_1 make
 ** Fix the problem and try again.
 
 Full Makefile below. Near the end I see
 
 .include bsd.port.pre.mk
 
 followed closely by
 
 .include bsd.port.mk
 
 Perhaps one of these was supposed to be excluded via a conditional? I tried
 commenting each one out but neither form builds successfully. The date on
 the makefile header is not new but the port was recently updated.
 
 
 # uname -a
 FreeBSD myhostname 8.2-RELEASE-p3 FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p3 #0: Tue Sep 27
 18:07:27 UTC 2011
 r...@i386-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC
  i386
 
 The Makefile in multimedia/gstreamer-ffmpeg:
 
 # New ports collection makefile for: gstreamer ffmpeg
 # Date created: Thu Feb 26 20:10:39 CET 2004
 # Whom: Koop Mast k...@rainbow-runner.nl
 #
 # $FreeBSD: ports/multimedia/gstreamer-ffmpeg/Makefile,v 1.43 2011/10/05
 23:05:41 bapt Exp $
 #$MCom: ports/multimedia/gstreamer-ffmpeg/Makefile,v 1.14 2006/07/20
 13:40:27 ahze Exp $
 #
 
 PORTNAME= gstreamer
 PORTVERSION= 0.10.12
 CATEGORIES= multimedia
 MASTER_SITES= http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-ffmpeg/
 PKGNAMESUFFIX= -ffmpeg
 DISTNAME= gst-ffmpeg-${PORTVERSION}
 
 MAINTAINER= multime...@freebsd.org
 COMMENT= GStreamer plug-in for manipulating MPEG video streams
 
 LICENSE= GPLv2
 
 BUILD_DEPENDS= yasm:${PORTSDIR}/devel/yasm
 LIB_DEPENDS= orc-0.4.0:${PORTSDIR}/devel/orc
 
 USE_BZIP2= yes
 USE_GMAKE= yes
 USE_LDCONFIG= yes
 USE_GSTREAMER= yes
 GNU_CONFIGURE= yes
 FFMPEG_CONFIG= --cc=${CC} \
 --enable-runtime-cpudetect \
 --enable-pic
 LDFLAGS+= -Wl,-Bsymbolic
 CFLAGS+= -fno-force-addr
 CONFIGURE_ENV= PKG_CONFIG=${PKG_CONFIG}
 
 PLIST_SUB= VERSION=${GST_VERSION}
 
 PKG_CONFIG?=${LOCALBASE}/bin/pkg-config
 GST_VERSION=${PORTVERSION:C/..$//}
 
 # sse hardware vector support
 .if defined(MACHINE_CPU)  (${MACHINE_CPU:Msse} == sse ||
 ${MACHINE_CPU:Mamd64} == amd64)
 WITH_BUILTIN_VECTOR= yes
 .else
 FFMPEG_CONFIG+= --disable-sse
 .endif
 
 # mmx support
 .if defined(MACHINE_CPU)  ${MACHINE_CPU:Mmmx} ==  
 ${MACHINE_CPU:Mamd64} == 
 FFMPEG_CONFIG+= --disable-mmx
 WITHOUT_BUILTIN_VECTOR= yes
 .endif
 
 # builtin vector, requires mmx and sse
 .if !defined(WITHOUT_BUILTIN_VECTOR)  defined(WITH_BUILTIN_VECTOR)
 CFLAGS+= -msse
 .endif
 
 CONFIGURE_ARGS+= --with-ffmpeg-extra-configure=${FFMPEG_CONFIG}
 
 .include bsd.port.pre.mk
 
 .if ${OSVERSION}  900033
 
 BUILD_DEPENDS+= ${LOCALBASE}/bin/as:${PORTSDIR}/devel/binutils
 MAKE_ENV= COMPILER_PATH=${LOCALBASE}/bin
 
 .endif
 
 .include bsd.port.mk

See:

http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=ports/161316

It looks like it's been fixed, so csup/portsnap your ports tree
and try to build it again.


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Re: top: how to obtain which process take CPU time

2011-10-01 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 08:38:49PM +0300, ??? ??? wrote:

 hi, Freebsd-questions.
 
 last pid: 92665;  load averages:  2.40,  2.68,  4.75up 5+02:45:23  
 20:29:07
 218 processes: 3 running, 215 sleeping
 CPU: 59.6% user,  0.0% nice, 40.4% system,  0.0% interrupt,  0.0% idle
 Mem: 225M Active, 81M Inact, 115M Wired, 3936K Cache, 60M Buf, 64M Free
 Swap: 2048M Total, 190M Used, 1857M Free, 9% Inuse
 
   PID USERNAMETHR PRI NICE   SIZERES STATETIME   WCPU COMMAND
 92520 cacti 1  -80 22796K 12656K piperd   0:00  1.46% php
 92593 cacti 1  -80  4620K  2316K piperd   0:00  1.46% perl5.8.8
 92594 cacti 1   80  3460K  1120K wait 0:00  1.46% sh
 92592 cacti 1   80  3460K  1120K wait 0:00  1.46% sh
 92595 cacti 1  550  5448K  2692K select   0:00  1.37% snmpget
 92518 cacti 1   80 23820K 12896K nanslp   0:00  0.98% php
 92528 cacti 1  -80 22796K 12640K piperd   0:00  0.98% php
 92555 cacti 1  -80  4620K  2332K piperd   0:00  0.98% perl5.8.8
 92556 root  1  960  3280K  1292K select   0:00  0.98% sudo
 92554 cacti 1   80  3460K  1120K wait 0:00  0.98% sh
 92542 cacti 1   80  3460K  1128K wait 0:00  0.98% sh
 92543 cacti 1  -80 10200K  3664K piperd   0:00  0.78% rrdtool
 81166 firebird  1  450 23344K  6188K select   0:08  0.49% 
 fb_inet_serve

That looks to me like quite a weak system and has got 3 running
processes and 215 sleeping. I can easily see that 59.6% of your CPU is
being used and your load averages being as they are.

 
 top -SIHP
 last pid: 99336;  load averages:  1.47,  2.05,  3.66up 5+02:52:06  
 20:35:50
 291 processes: 6 running, 266 sleeping, 18 waiting, 1 lock
 CPU: 52.2% user,  0.0% nice, 27.9% system,  0.0% interrupt, 19.9% idle
 Mem: 236M Active, 81M Inact, 115M Wired, 3436K Cache, 60M Buf, 54M Free
 Swap: 2048M Total, 189M Used, 1858M Free, 9% Inuse
 
   PID USERNAME   PRI NICE   SIZERES STATETIME   WCPU COMMAND
11 root   171 ki31 0K 8K RUN 70.1H 27.59% idle: cpu0
 98502 cacti80 23820K 12932K nanslp   0:00  0.20% php
 44054 root 80  3124K   524K nanslp   0:56  0.10% monitord
 99051 root440  3496K  2020K RUN  0:00  0.10% top
 99331 cacti   -80  4620K  2332K piperd   0:00  0.00% perl5.8.8
 99326 cacti   -80  4620K  2332K piperd   0:00  0.00% perl5.8.8
 99333 root460  3240K  1008K select   0:00  0.00% ping
 99328 root450  3240K   972K select   0:00  0.00% ping
 99332 root470  3280K  1292K select   0:00  0.00% sudo
 99327 root470  3280K  1292K select   0:00  0.00% sudo
 
 It is unclear which process take CPU time.
 is there any other tool, which help me to see processes that take CPU?
 

I don't think another tool would help. You've just got a weak system
running lots of processes. None very big but they all add up to quite
a big chunk of CPU. It looks like it's handling it OK though.



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Re: much to my surprise....

2011-09-22 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 04:28:50PM -0500, Ryan Coleman wrote:

 
 On Sep 22, 2011, at 3:14 PM, Robert Bonomi wrote:
 
  From owner-freebsd-questi...@freebsd.org  Thu Sep 22 14:30:49
  2011 Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:30:54 -0700 From: Gary Kline
  kl...@thought.org To: FreeBSD Mailing List
  freebsd-questions@freebsd.org Cc: Subject: much to my
  surprise
  
  
  guys,
  
  well, after a forced, unexpected, and emergency 5 days away, i
  got back to my desk and could not ping.  while mail seemed to be
  working, and my *local* ping worked---I could ping around from my
  freebsd server to my other computers--i spent 3+ hours trying to
  ping various sites.  Zero.  i tried everything i could think of.
  NOTHING worked.  i tried the -d -f -f to named and on and on and
  on.  nothing.
  
  *Finally*, i  saw that my telco router was displaying INT in
  red LED's.  i didn't know they displayed in any other color but
  the default green, but after power-cycling, voila! back to green.
  and now, yes, i can ping freebsd.org.  and i'm pretty sure other
  network things will work too.  
  
  from any/all sysadmin types or others:: i would like tricks,
  tips, insights--whatever--about named and whatever else.  i
  thought i had collected many.  nope.i've got bind 9.8
  installed and it was working fine until my recent 'vacation.'
  Other than checking one's routers (hub/switch), and other
  hardware (including server, computers, cables, etc) does anybody
  have a checklist of what to do to diagnose this?  are there any
  other utilities i can try besides ping and named -d 3 -f -g?
  other network utilities with a debug flag?  i'm running 7.3 on a
  dell 530.
  
  tia for any insights,
  
  You should _really_ consider hiring a professional to maintain
  your systems.
  
  Diagnosing _this_ problem should have taken no more than about 30
  *seconds*. 
  
  If you can't get somewhere 'by name', you try to get there 'by
  address'.
  
  If 'by address' works and 'by name' doesn't, *that* is the
  indication of a DNS problem.
  
  If you can't get there 'by address', it is *NOT* a DNS problem,
  and you start looking for a 'connectivity' problem.
  
  The *BASIC* tools for that start with 'traceroute'.  Which would
  have *immediately* (well, within abut ten seconds :) indicated
  exactly _where_ the problem was.
  
  Those  who don't understand these kind dof things are too
  dangerous to be trusted with the superuser password.
  
  Bluntly, not only do you not know the things you need to know to
  manage a (even 'personal') network, you DON'T KNOW _what_ you
  don't know, and until you *do* learn the basics, you'll save
  youself a *LOT* of hair- tearing if you hire someone to solve the
  problems for you.
 
 I whole-heartedly agree with Robert's points.
 
 I host in my apartment... but I have more than a decade's experience
 maintaining networks and systems and, while the occasional issue
 stumps me, I'm pretty good at getting to the root of issues in
 minutes vs hours.
 
 Yes, I was once a... for lack of a better term... moron on these
 things and I relied heavily on the tech who pushed me (gently)
 towards ?BSD from RHL and I am gracious every day for that nudge.
 
 Experience is the best way to pick up the quick list of things to
 check on if there's a problem on your connectivity... but there's
 one thing I *must* stress: NEVER EVER EVER run your own DNS service.
 It's too much of a PITA. When I quit doing my own DNS my issues
 revolving around that ended. I use DynDNS to run my primary domain
 and all the others run through GoDaddy's free DNS manager. This is
 because I use the primary domain's hostname as my MX record on all
 the others. While GD's DNS is functional, it's also cumbersome, too
 cumbersome to update on a semi-regular basis.  I highly suggest that
 you do the same. $20/year for DynDNS' full domain service is worth
 the price.
 
 My two bits (and a nibble).  --
 Ryan___


It's $30/year for DynDNS where I am (UK).

I had to use them because my static IP all of a sudden became dynamic
(crappy ISP). Now it seems to have gone back to static again.

I certainly wouldn't consider running my own DNS server (having done
it). It's more trouble than it's worth and is just one more
vulnerability/thing to go wrong. You can just use hosts for a small
network.


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Re: Firefox clean installation but does not execute

2011-09-20 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 03:44:31PM +0200, Alain G. Fabry wrote:

 On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 02:40:42PM +0100, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
  
  So, what do you get if you now type:
  
  /usr/local/bin/firefox3
  
  or
  
  /usr/local/bin/firefox
  
  -- 
 What I mentioned before ;-)  'command not found' 
 
 afabry@desmo 15:40 % /usr/local/bin/firefox3
 /usr/local/bin/firefox3: Command not found.
 afabry@desmo 15:40 % /usr/local/bin/firefox
 /usr/local/bin/firefox: Command not found.
 afabry@desmo 15:41 % 
 
 files don't exist, and must have deinstalled/installed already 3 times...
 

You don't mention how you are installing/deleting.

Try:

# pkg_delete -f firefox\*
# cd /usr/ports/www/firefox
# make install clean
# ls -l /usr/local/bin/firefox


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Re: Java6 problem

2011-09-15 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 09:06:44PM -, Scott Ballantyne wrote:

 Hi,
 
 After upgrading to Java6, I am having a problem when I launch the Java
 application that my bank/broker uses. It halts with Start: applet not
 initialized.  Unfortunately, FreeBSD is not a 'supported platform'
 for my bank/broker, and they won't provide any support. 
 
 It does work on Windows platforms, but I would prefer to use it on FreeBSD.
 
 Any suggestions?
 

Did you register your new Java VM? See: javavm(1) and the manpages
referenced in the See also: section of that manpage.


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Re: Please secure your FTP access

2011-09-15 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 05:46:35PM -0400, Allen wrote:

 Sorry for top posting but can anyone send this to Computer Stupidities
 ? It seems to good to waste like this.  Anyone who thinks they're a
 Hacker yet doesn't know how FTP works is not only funny, it's
 entertainment. And also, the web site I'm speaking of, has a similar
 story sent in from another reader, where they talked about back when
 they were in a Web Development class once, the teacher partnered
 everyone up with someone else, and so, since he had already made his own
 web site, he figured he'd show it to his new partner, and said This is
 my web site here and the guy, like a moron, highlighted ALL of the text
 with a Mouse, and threatened to hit the Delete button on the Keyboard...
 
 This reminds me of that quite a bit lol.
 

You may mock him now but wait until he discovers csup. With his uber
skills he'll be able to delete all our source files!

Will you be laughing then? 

;)


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Re: Best Server OS for Someone That Does not Want to Touch a Shell on a Regular Basis?

2011-09-06 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 04:36:23PM +0200, Polytropon wrote:

 On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:20:22 -0400, Pierre-Luc Drouin wrote:
  How well does it work to use binary packages only to maintain a FreeBSD 
  web server in general (I am thinking of package availability, but also 
  and in particular as a quasi-automated updating tool)?
 
 Quite well - as long as you're satisfied with the default
 building options. You know that a binary package is a port,
 compiled with the default set of options. This is okay in
 most cases, but there may be situations where you explicitely
 need to enable or disable a certain feature at compile time.
 
 You also may encounter a situation where _no_ package is
 available for a port (e. g. too many options, or licensing
 restrictions).
 
 This can be solved by portmaster which has an option to
 go through all interactive configuration screens _before_
 starting any action. Those settings can be saved for the
 next update run.
 
 The portmaster program itself can be instructed to _use_
 binary packages (just as pkg_add -r would do) with the -P
 and -PP options. In this case, binary packages will be
 used as long as possible, and only those ports that
 require building (as no package exists) will be compiled.
 See man portmaster for details.
 
 This is a good approach in combination with freebsd-update.
 I have used that concept on some servers myself (especially
 on smaller ones with low resources where compiling would
 be too problematic).
 
 
 
  I noticed that in 
  the past few years, updating softwares through ports has been requiring 
  more user intervention, due to the way some dependencies are being 
  updated from one version to the next. Would using binary packages allow 
  to avoid more such user intervention?
 
 Yes. All dependencies would be incorporated automatically.
 Only ports without equivalent package that additionally have
 OPTIONS to set would invoke a configuration screen, and this
 screen would have to be dealt with only in the first run of
 the updating process.
 
 There are also options for portmaster that can be used to
 control program behaviour in case of problems (e. g. some
 package not found, conflicting ports, versioning problem,
 or port marked broken).
 
 Those solutions can also easily be scripted, e. g. check
 one a week for possible updates and get the packages, but
 do not install them automatically (which can be a security
 requirement). If the list is approved, the updates will
 be installed during night, creating a fallback copy just
 in case something went wrong (e. g. malfunctioning new
 software). Reports can be generated automatically and mailed
 to the system administrator.
 
 I would also suggest to frequently check the mailing lists
 of the software in use for bugs and security updates that
 might be interesting in terms of system security. This sould
 be done for any major server software (Apache, PHP, MySQL
 and the services utilizing those software, whatever you
 want to run on the server).
 

I'd recommend installing ports-mgmt/portaudit to keep an eye out on
any vulnerabilities that require an update of the ports/packages.

Personally, I'd go for ports rather than packages.

As long as your friend reads /usr/ports/UPDATING and he uses either
portupgrade or portmaster, he shouldn't go too far wrong.

Also couldn't your friend give you a key for his server so that you
can ssh into it and fix things if it goes wrong?


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Re: A quality operating system

2011-08-27 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 01:56:16PM -0500, Evan Busch wrote:

 I can see this will be important here:
 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma
 
 On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM, Polytropon free...@edvax.de wrote:
  But allow me to say
  that _if_ you are interested in contributing in _that_
  way, you should always bring examples and name _concrete_
  points you're criticizing, instead of just mentioning
  wide ranges of this doesn't conform to my interpretation
  of what 'professional' should look like.
 
 The problem with your statement is that it does not allow for general
 critique, which is also needed. If something shows up in more than one
 place, it is a general critique.

You haven't shown *one* example of inadequate or confusing
documentation. 

 
  In most cases, documentation requires you to have a minimal
  clue of what you're doing. There's terminology you simply
  have to know, and concepts to understand in order to use
  the documentation.
 
 See the Wikipedia page above -- the problem isn't one of user
 competence, but of poorly-written documentation that is fundamentally
 disorganized.
 
 Have you looked at any of the documentation coming out of Redmond right now?
 
 How do you think FreeBSD's documentation stands up to that?

FreeBSD documentation blows away anything Redmond gives you.

Where's the documentation for Windows Explorer for Vista on
microsoft.com?

A link will do.

 
 
  Different kinds of users have different preferences. Some
  like to use the web, like to use Wikis and discussion boards.
  Others like to use structured web pages. Again, other like
  web pages too, but want to have as much information in _one_
  (long) page. And there are those who do not want to depend
  on the web - those like man pages.
 
 The question isn't form, but content.
 
  If you're used to some specific _way_ of documentation, you
  will maybe value anything that's _different_ from that way
  as being inferior, non-professional, or less helpful.
 
 I think I'm talking about professional level documentation, not a
 specific style.

By your own admission you don't even use FreeBSD so how on earth can
you constructively criticise? Answer: you can't.


 
  Also keep in mind that especially for developers, the SOURCE
  CODE also is an important piece of documentation. Here FreeBSD
  is very good, compared to other systems.
 
 We're talking end-user documentation here.

In a lot of cases the source IS end-user documentation? BTW, how does
that compare with Redmond?

 
  Here the one size fits all problem arises. It's really hard
  to make documentation for everybody.
 
 I disagree. It's very clear what must be done because multiple archetypes 
 exist.

Well do it. Put up or shut up.

 
  Note the presence of :-) and the abilities of english native
  speakers who are much more able to express between the lines
  than I am, for example.
 
 If so, it's just them trying to cover up the inherently defensive and
 reactionary nature of their comments.

They're inherently defensive and reactionary because you're trolling.

 
 Would they send such an email on a business list?

Who cares? It's not a business list.

 
  You can predict that everywhere. Just go to any halfway
  specialized setting and make claims about something not
  meeting your requirements
 
 I've never had this problem when the claims have been stated
 professionally -- only here.

OK, so you'll be able to provide links then?

Thought not.

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Re: new to os

2011-08-18 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 03:18:09PM -0700, scott mcclellan wrote:

 I'm looking to try something different with my machine (or maybe I'm
 going through a midlife crisis).

 Currently run Wimdows (point and click), and would like to gravitate
 back to DOS (this is a thing of the ancient past for me 30 years -
 on a TRS-80). I know remember extremely little of OS vernacular.

 Am I biting off more than I can chew, or is there a OS commands for
 dummies out there, or does FreeBSD have such a critter that one can
 go through.

 I'll pour through the FAQ and got hrough the online manuals for now.
 But it all seems greek. Can someone point me in a diresction to
 degreek this stuff for me.

 Thanks,

 Scott McClellan

I'll give you one tip for free: keep your line length to less than 80
chars when posting to a unix list, say 74.

As for where to start, I'd probably start by buying a book or two.

Unix in a Nutshell pub. O'Reilly comes to mind. That should
familiarise yourself with most of the common commands.

If you decide to use FreeBSD then the freely available Handbook is a
must read:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/index.html

Any questions that can't be answered by Googling, then post here.

Welcome to FreeBSD!


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Re: System lockups in X with nVidia GeForce 7600 GS (G73) and Gtk+

2011-08-13 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 03:22:06AM +0200, Polytropon wrote:

 I'm using FreeBSD/amd64 on an Intel Core 2 4300 (1.8GHz)
 on a VIA-equipped mainboard. The whole machine is a quite
 cheap one from a discounter (mainly food).
 
 OS is 8.2-STABLE (July 2011). I have xorg-7.5.1 installed 
 with xorg-server-1.7.7_1,1, using xf86-video-nv-2.1.18
 configured in xorg.conf. The GPU I'm using is a nVidia
 GeForce 7600 (G73) which is being supported by the nv
 driver (as well as by nouveau, see later on) according
 to the documentation.

My setup is about the same but with a GeForce 7300. I use nv without
problems.

 
 When in X and _only_ in conjunction with programs using
 the Gtk2 (Gtk+) toolkit, I encounter _total_ system
 lockups (freezes): no disk activity, no console I/O,
 nothing. It even happens during drawing operations.
 A hard reset is required, which means power-cycling
 as the cheap PC doesn't have a RESET button. A fsck
 is required on next booting.
 
 I could trigger this problem with Sylpheed, Claws
 Mail and Firefox.
 
 I am only able to do email because I downgraded
 Sylpheed from 3.1.1_1 to 1.0.6_9 which does use
 the classic Gtk (which I find more accessible
 anyway). This old version that _works_ is about
 to be removed from the ports tree!!!
 
 The machine has successfully been compiling the system,
 X and OpenOffice, so I may assume that it's not
 defective RAM or broken CPU. The hard disk is new.
 
 When the system does not lock up, frame rates for
 3D (tested with glxgears and xlock -mode fire)
 is _very_ bad - much worse than on my old P4 with
 ATI graphics.
 
 I read that the nv driver does not support 3D, so
 I tried to install the nouveau driver.
 
 I did install xf86-video-nouveau-0.0.10.20090728_3
 from ports and replaced nv by nouveau in xorg.conf.
 Result:
 
 (EE) [drm] drmOpen failed.
 (EE) NOUVEAU(0): [drm] error opening the drm
 Segmentation fault: 11 at address 0x0
 Fatal server error:
 Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault: 11). Server aborting
 
 There is no /dev/dri available.
 
 /usr/ports/x11-drivers/xf86-video-nouveau/pkg-message:
 # cd /usr/src/sys
 # fetch http://people.freebsd.org/~rnoland/drm-nouveau-062309.patch
 # patch -sp0 -i drm-nouveau-062309.patch
 # cd modules/drm
 # make depend all install
 
 I've done this, installed  rebooted, same result.
 
 % startx
 drmOpenDevice: node name is /dev/dri/card0
 Failed to change owner or group for file
   /dev/dri! 2: No such file or directory
 Failed to change owner or group for file
   /dev/dri/card0! 2: No such file or directory
 [drm] failed to load kernel module nouveau
 
 (EE) [drm] drmOpen failed.
 (EE) NOUVEAU(0): [drm] error opening the drm
 Segmentation fault: 11 at address 0x0
 Fatal server error:
 Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault: 11). Server aborting
 
 The kernel loggs the following messages:
 
 link_elf_obj: symbol DRM_MEM_TTM undefined
 linker_load_file: Unsupported file type
 
 I tried some searching and found We can haz Nouveau
 on FreeBSD! of March 2009. According to this instruction:
 
 http://romain.blogreen.org/blog/2009/03/we-can-haz-nouveau-on-freebsd/
 
 It complains about xorg-server must be = 1.8, but
 only 1.7.7 is in latest ports (right now). This is
 step 4 on the list. Note that it's ./autogen.sh,
 not ./autogen as in the article.
 
 The steps explained are:
 
 1. Uninstall any nvidia driver
 # pkg_delete nvidia-driver-\*
 # vi /boot/loader.conf # Remove the line 'nvidia_load=YES'
 
 2. Patch your kernel (Update your system if you are not running 8.0-CURRENT 
 or a recent 7.1-STABLE / 7.2-PRERELEASE):
 # cd /usr/src/sys
 # fetch http://people.freebsd.org/~rnoland/drm-nouveau-032109.patch
 # mkdir modules/drm/nouveau
 # patch  drm-nouveau-032109.patch
 # cd /usr/src  make kernel
 # reboot
 
 3. Install libdrm from git:
 % git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/mesa/drm
 % cd drm
 % ./autogen --enable-nouveau-experimental-api
 % gmake
 % sudo gmake install
 
 4. Install xf86-video-nouveau from git:
 % git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/nouveau/xf86-video-nouveau
 % cd xf86-video-nouveau
 % ./autogen
 % gmake
 % sudo gmake install
 
 5. Update /usr/local/etc/X11/xorg.conf.
 
 As I said, I have problems doing so because of
 
 nouveau_dri2.c:374: warning: implicit declaration of function 
 'DRI2BlockClient'
 nouveau_dri2.c: In function 'nouveau_dri2_init':
 nouveau_dri2.c:445: error: 'DRI2InfoRec' has no member named 'ScheduleSwap'
 nouveau_dri2.c:446: error: 'DRI2InfoRec' has no member named 'ScheduleWaitMSC'
 nouveau_dri2.c:447: error: 'DRI2InfoRec' has no member named 'GetMSC'
 gmake[2]: *** [nouveau_dri2.lo] Error 1
 gmake[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/sys/drm/xf86-video-nouveau/src'
 gmake[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
 gmake[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/sys/drm/xf86-video-nouveau'
 gmake: *** [all] Error 2
 
 and so on.
 
 
 
 So my questions are:
 
 Has anyone got the nouveau driver working, and if,
 how precisely has he done so?

Yes. I got 

Re: port build breaks at xmlto

2011-08-12 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 01:18:07PM +1000, Daryl Sayers wrote:

 
 FreeBSD 7.4
 I am having trouble building the xmlto port on FreeBSD 7.4. I am getting an
 error:
 
 ===  Building for xmlto-0.0.24
 make  all-am
 for xml in xmlif.xml xmlto.xml; do  FORMAT_DIR=./format  /usr/local/bin/bash 
 ./xmlto -o man/man1 man ./doc/$xml ;  done || ( RC=$?; exit $RC )
 xmlto: /usr/ports/textproc/xmlto/work/xmlto-0.0.24/./doc/xmlif.xml does not 
 validate (status 3)
 xmlto: Fix document syntax or use --skip-validation option
 I/O error : Attempt to load network entity 
 http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/xml/4.2/docbookx.dtd
 /usr/ports/textproc/xmlto/work/xmlto-0.0.24/./doc/xmlif.xml:4: warning: 
 failed to load external entity 
 http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/xml/4.2/docbookx.dtd;
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/xml/4.2/docbookx.dtd;
 
 
 After alot of frustration I decided to throw everything away and start again:
 
 # pkg_delete -a
 # cd /usr/ports; rm -fr *
 # csup -h cvsup.au.FreeBSD.org /usr/share/examples/cvsup/ports-supfile
 # cd /usr/ports/textproc/xmlto
 # make
 
 Using the defaults when the config screens appear. As there are now no 
 packages
 installed and the ports tree is brand new there should be no problems but in
 the end it still fails with the same message. My /etc/make.conf is empty also.
 
 Why cant I build this package.
 

This port builds OK for me on 8.2-STABLE.

Maybe since you've blitzed all your ports, you could upgrade to
something more recent than 7.4 and try again.

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Re: Alternative windowmanagers

2011-08-06 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Aug 06, 2011 at 08:26:39AM -0600, Chad Perrin wrote:

 On Fri, Aug 05, 2011 at 09:20:08PM -0600, Dmitri Brengauz wrote:
  On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 7:56 PM, Chad Perrin per...@apotheon.com wrote:
   On Fri, Aug 05, 2011 at 07:08:25PM -0400, Rod Person wrote:
   
If you like Fluxbox you might want to try OpenBox.
  
   Nah.  Stick with Fluxbox.
 
  Sorry, but why?  I went with OpenBox, because it seemed like it was under
  current development, and Fluxbox is stagnant, otherwise, I didn't see much
  difference.  But I do find it curious that so many on this thread are
  recommending Fluxbox, and almost no one OpenBox.  What would be the reason?
 
 Fluxbox supports window tabbing.  Last I checked, OpenBox did not.  In
 fact, amongst the 'box window managers, window tabbing is pretty much the
 killer feature.

Despite using Fluxbox for a number of years, I wasn't even aware of
tabbing. The only thing I can think of tabbing is xterms but I use
tmux for that. What do you use tabbing for?

 
 That, and it has a better license than OpenBox.
 

Never worried about the license.


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Re: Command failed [exit code 1]: /usr/local/sbin/portinstall misc/shared-mime-info

2011-07-27 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 01:41:15AM -0500, Antonio Olivares wrote:

 Dear kind folks,
 
 I got me a new hard drive on one of my machines and installed FreeBSD
 8.2 amd64 on it.   I tried to run
 
 # portupgrade -R firefox
 which would update firefox to latest and all the ports that depend on
 it, but I am encountering a problem with shared-mime-info.
 
 
 quadcore# portupgrade -R firefox
 [Updating the pkgdb format:bdb_btree in /var/db/pkg ... - 399
 packages found (-1 +0) (...) done]
 Stale dependency: firefox-4.0_1,1 -- shared-mime-info-0.80 --
 manually run 'pkgdb -F' to fix, or specify -O to force.
 quadcore# pkgdb -F
 ---  Checking the package registry database
 Duplicated origin: print/font-amsfonts - amspsfnt-1.0_5 cmpsfont-1.0_6
 Unregister any of them? [no] y
   Unregister amspsfnt-1.0_5 keeping the installed files intact? [no] y
   - cmpsfont-1.0_6 is kept.
   -- Saving the amspsfnt-1.0_5's +CONTENTS file as
 /var/db/pkg/cmpsfont-1.0_6/+CONTENTS.amspsfnt-1.0_5
   -- Unregistering amspsfnt-1.0_5
   -- Done.
 [Updating the pkgdb format:bdb_btree in /var/db/pkg ... - 398
 packages found (-1 +0) (...) done]
 Stale dependency: ImageMagick-6.6.7.10_1 - shared-mime-info-0.80
 (misc/shared-mime-info):
 Install stale dependency? ([y]es/[n]o/[a]ll) [yes] y
 [Gathering depends for misc/shared-mime-info
 . done]
 ---  Installing 'shared-mime-info-0.80_1' from a port (misc/shared-mime-info)
 ---  Building '/usr/ports/misc/shared-mime-info'
 ===  Cleaning for shared-mime-info-0.80_1
 ===  Vulnerability check disabled, database not found
 ===  License check disabled, port has not defined LICENSE
 ===  Extracting for shared-mime-info-0.80_1
 = SHA256 Checksum OK for shared-mime-info-0.80.tar.bz2.
 ===  Patching for shared-mime-info-0.80_1
 ===  Applying FreeBSD patches for shared-mime-info-0.80_1
 ===   shared-mime-info-0.80_1 depends on executable: gmake - found
 ===   shared-mime-info-0.80_1 depends on file:
 /usr/local/bin/intltool-extract - found
 ===   shared-mime-info-0.80_1 depends on executable: pkg-config - found
 ===   shared-mime-info-0.80_1 depends on shared library: intl - found
 ===   shared-mime-info-0.80_1 depends on shared library: glib-2.0.0 - found
 ===   shared-mime-info-0.80_1 depends on shared library: xml2.5 - found
 ===  Configuring for shared-mime-info-0.80_1
 checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c -o root -g wheel
 checking whether build environment is sane... yes
 checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... ./install-sh -c -d
 checking for gawk... no
 checking for mawk... no
 checking for nawk... nawk
 checking whether gmake sets $(MAKE)... yes
 checking for gcc... cc
 checking whether the C compiler works... yes
 checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
 checking for suffix of executables...
 checking whether we are cross compiling... no
 checking for suffix of object files... o
 checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
 checking whether cc accepts -g... yes
 checking for cc option to accept ISO C89... none needed
 checking for style of include used by gmake... GNU
 checking dependency style of cc... gcc3
 checking for an ANSI C-conforming const... yes
 checking whether NLS is requested... yes
 checking for intltool = 0.35.0... 0.41.1 found
 checking for intltool-update... /usr/local/bin/intltool-update
 checking for intltool-merge... /usr/local/bin/intltool-merge
 checking for intltool-extract... /usr/local/bin/intltool-extract
 checking for xgettext... /usr/local/bin/xgettext
 checking for msgmerge... /usr/local/bin/msgmerge
 checking for msgfmt... /usr/local/bin/msgfmt
 checking for gmsgfmt... /usr/local/bin/msgfmt
 checking for perl... /usr/bin/perl
 checking for perl = 5.8.1... 5.12.4
 checking for XML::Parser... configure: error: XML::Parser perl module
 is required for intltool
 ===  Script configure failed unexpectedly.
 Please run the gnomelogalyzer, available from
 http://www.freebsd.org/gnome/gnomelogalyzer.sh;, which will diagnose the
 problem and suggest a solution. If - and only if - the gnomelogalyzer cannot
 solve the problem, report the build failure to the FreeBSD GNOME team at
 gn...@freebsd.org, and attach (a)
 /usr/ports/misc/shared-mime-info/work/shared-mime-info-0.80/config.log, (b)
 the output of the failed make command, and (c) the gnomelogalyzer output.
 Also, it might be a good idea to provide an overview of all packages installed
 on your system (i.e. an `ls /var/db/pkg`). Put your attachment up on any
 website, copy-and-paste into http://freebsd-gnome.pastebin.com, or use
 send-pr(1) with the attachment. Try to avoid sending any attachments to the
 mailing list (gn...@freebsd.org), because attachments sent to FreeBSD mailing
 lists are usually discarded by the mailing list software.
 *** Error code 1
 
 Stop in /usr/ports/misc/shared-mime-info.
 ** Command failed [exit code 1]: /usr/bin/script -qa
 /tmp/portinstall20110727-40109-cel0gl-0 env make
 ** Fix the problem and 

Re: skype

2011-07-23 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 06:16:28AM -0400, Aryeh Friedman wrote:

 I have a number of clients that prefer Skype over IM last time I
 tried to build it from ports I was unable to get to anywhere past the
 account login page (no matter what I tried it said it could not log me
 in and when I registered for an account it never registered)

It works for me. See:

20110516

in /usr/ports/UPDATING


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Re: trying for 1920x1080 was: Re: Attempting to get an X11 server running

2011-07-19 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 09:41:27PM +, Dieter BSD wrote:

 Reducing the color depth to 16 allows the wimpy Rage XL (8 MiB) to
 do 1920x1080.
 
 So then I moved the old slow X terminal out of the way and moved the
 shiny new Dell ST2220T LCD into the prime spot in front of the
 keyboard drawer...  ...and the cable doesn't reach. Two HD-15 to BNC
 cables back-to-back fixed that, but now it doesn't do the DCC/EDID
 stuff, so I had to get it to use a modeline to get 1920x1080. And of
 course it doesn't go into standby mode.  sigh

Have you tried:

$ xset +dpms

to use standby etc.?

 
 Still have some minor issues like finding a decent font for xterm,
 and putting a window at +0+0 hides a few pixels off-screen, and
 FreeBSD can't tell the difference between a Unix keyboard and a
 pee-cee keyboard, but it is usable.
 
 Thanks for the help!

Font for xterm: x11-fonts/inconsolata-ttf

Pixels off screen: x11/xvidtune
and show modeline once adjusted and stick it in xorg.conf


HTH.

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Re: trying for 1920x1080 was: Re: Attempting to get an X11 server running

2011-07-19 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 01:15:07AM +, Dieter BSD wrote:

  Have you tried:
  $ xset +dpms
  to use standby etc.?
 
 xset:  unknown option +dpms
 
 I assume it needs more than the 5 coaxes to do dpms.
 (It did appear to be working with the short cable that came
 with the monitor.)

I wonder if the monitor doesn't support the Energy Star stuff or it's
not switched on. Try reading the manpage for xset and fiddling around
with the dpms option. E.g:

$ xset dpms force on
$ xset +dpms

You might also want to set the timings for when the monitor goes into
standby etc.

 
  Font for xterm: x11-fonts/inconsolata-ttf
 
 I installed package inconsolata-ttf-20090215.tbz
 
 caching, new cache contents: 24 fonts, 0 dirs
 /var/db/fontconfig: cleaning cache directory
 fc-cache: succeeded
 
 xset fp+ /usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/OTF
 xset fp rehash
 xterm -fn -*-inconsolata-*-r-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
 xterm: cannot load font -*-inconsolata-*-r-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
 
 also xfontsel acts screwy if I select inconsolata.
 The sample doesn't get updated, and it starts acting like
 it needs backing store but doesn't have it.  If I then
 select some other family, then xfontsel starts acting
 normally again.

I've got this in ~.Xdefaults:

XTerm*faceName: Inconsolata
XTerm*faceSize: 16


 
  Pixels off screen: x11/xvidtune
  and show modeline once adjusted and stick it in xorg.conf
 
 That was easy, thanks!

Glad that worked.


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Re: Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

2011-07-18 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 01:49:03PM +0200, Polytropon wrote:

 On Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:30:00 -0400, Jerry wrote:
  I suggested several years ago, and I will re-suggest that FreeBSD start
  a program that would allow programmers to be paid to write code that
  either the regular contributors do not want to write or are not capable
  of writing. Other OS's are currently working on that model. No one
  would be forced to contribute. This would prove beneficial to everyone
  and should satisfy both capitalist who don't mind paying for quality
  products and socialist like Poly who want everything for nothing. It
  would be a win-win situation.
 
 Erm... you're invited to prove the everything for nothing
 as well as the socialist claim. I'm old enough not to
 take this insult personally, but still (for maintaining
 discussion culture) please back up your statement, or it
 will simply classify you as impolite and stupid.
 
 Besides that nonsense, I agree with your statement. With
 support (usually by money) and help of manufacturers that
 are interested in bringing their hardware to a better
 support situation by providing information and documentation
 so developers could write drivers for many platforms, it
 would be a win-win situation. It would even be better than
 cost-intensive reverse engineering - means: better drivers
 in less time, so FreeBSD could be used on most modern
 hardware. The more standards are used, the less work is
 needed to bring the new hardware up. (Just imagine you
 would need a driver for a hard disk...)
 
 Personally, this is no issue for me as I don't own such
 things, but because you claim that I want everything for
 nothing... :-) Keep in mind that I've also spent money
 on software, but on one that WORKS.
 
 Maybe this could even affect the whole *BSD family, so
 by the availability of more drivers, more desktop share
 could be gained, which seems to be the measurement of
 OS quality today.
 
 
 
  With the advent of the next version of FBSD soon to be upon us,
  this would be a propitious moment to start such a project. FBSD has
  never been considered a dreadnought in the driver development field and
  this might work to change that.
 
 The idea seems to have lots of potential. With paid
 developers who are willing to license their work as
 BSDL code, it could really improve the out of the box
 support of the system.
 
 On the other hand - as you mentioned -, it may be
 the lack of support of the community, but THAT is
 the main force behind FreeBSD. Other operating systems
 have big companies behind them who are able and willing
 to spend money on prestige projects, as well as their
 everyday work because they need to make their living from
 it - or gain world domination. :-)
 
 The more the FreeBSD community depends on having certain
 hardware working, the more support I see for developers.
 But as the community seems to be spread across all the
 many forms of OS use (mostly servers, but also stationary
 workstations, just a minority seems to be using mobile
 devices), I'm not sure it will be sufficient. It's not
 that FreeBSD is a desktop-only OS which can invest all
 its energy in getting commodity hardware working, while
 leaving quality aside on other fields. Poorly implemented
 features, broken code, messing around with quirks and
 short-time solutions do not seem to be very welcome among
 FreeBSD users.
 

I like Jerry's proposal. The FreeBSD Foundation should organise their
donations page so that you can donate to various different areas of
development like TUG do:

https://www.tug.org/donate.html

It should be at least split into server, workstation and general
development.

I donate to both FreeBSD and TUG but I far prefer the TUG model. When
I donate to the Foundation, I know a lot of my money is going to
esoteric server development which doesn't benefit me much but benefits
large corporations who can afford to fund their own development to
scratch *their own* itches. I want mine scratched!


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Re: can't build teTeX port in FreeBSD 8.2 amd64

2011-07-15 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 05:54:26PM +, Antonio Olivares wrote:

[snip]
 
 Anton,
 
 This is what I mean.  For regular things, TeTeX is fine, but for
 bigger projects one can't do without texlive.  I encountered the same
 problems with default tetex, but installed TeXLive from DVD and I no
 longer have these problems :)
 
 But like Roland says, some ports depend on teTeX still and this is
 where I hope that developers find ways around them :)  It took me a
 while to build evince, gnuplot and other math related ports without
 teTeX port.
 
 Regards,
 
 Antonio

What I did was install TeXLive but keep my teTeX installation. My
$PATH is such that TeXLive binaries are picked up first but the teTeX
installation satisfies those ports that depend on it.

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Re: ssh -X (X11 forwarding) not working from 6.1 to 8.1

2011-07-12 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 03:18:07AM -0700, per...@pluto.rain.com wrote:

 DISPLAY is not getting set in a remote shell started by ssh -X.
 
   $ echo $DISPLAY
   :0.0
   $ ssh -X [server] 'echo DISPLAY=%$DISPLAY%'
   DISPLAY=%%
 
 How would I go about debugging this?
 
 DISPLAY _is_ set correctly on the ssh client -- I am running in
 an xterm there, and can successfully start another (local) one --
 and the word DISPLAY is not present in any of the shell startup
 files (.bash*, .cshrc, .login, .profile, .shrc) on either the
 ssh client or the ssh server.
 
 The ssh client is FreeBSD 6.1 and the ssh server is FreeBSD 8.1.
 
 It does work correctly in the other direction (using the 8.1 system
 as the ssh client and the 6.1 system as the ssh server), and I can
 run X11 programs on the 8.1 system, displaying on the 6.1 system,
 provided I set DISPLAY appropriately on the 8.1 system.  It's only
 the ssh X11 forwarding that's broken, and only in one direction.

Have you tried putting:

DISPLAY=:0.0

in ~/.ssh/environment on the machine that's not setting DISPLAY
properly?

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Re: I have a error in freebsd 8.2, an internal system error has ocurred

2011-06-29 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 10:33:06AM -0500, Edgar Rodolfo wrote:

 Hi guys!, i am new on freebsd, but i had installed freebsd 8.2 with
 graphical interface (gnome), i was very happy, but suddendly i saw a
 message, exactly the message said:
 we were not expecting has ocurred ..., look the photo, i don't
 understand exactly, 30 min the message appears, is dangerous the
 message?
 
 http://subefotos.com/ver/?46893c74c902254a3d7789bb38a6b457o.png

It's not clear from that picture which application is causing the
error. My guess is that it's Gnome but you have to narrow it down by
running just the desktop and no applications to see if it still
occurs.

If it does, your best bet is to post to gnome@ and maybe they'll be
able to identify your problem.


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Re: Trying To Do A portupgrade On 8-Stable

2011-06-28 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 01:37:22PM -0500, Tim Daneliuk wrote:

 ... and the gstreamer upgrade blows up because of this:
 
  /usr/local/bin/g-ir-scanner: not found
 
 
 Ideas?

On my machine:

$ pkg_info -W /usr/local/bin/g-ir-scanner
/usr/local/bin/g-ir-scanner was installed by package 
gobject-introspection-0.9.12_1

So I suggest you do:

# portupgrade -fv gobject-introspection


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Re: Any working SIP-phone on FreeBSD?

2011-06-18 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 10:19:33AM -0700, Yuri wrote:

 I tried ekiga but it doesn't work. It gets into standby mode and stays 
 this way. I think it's because of firewall. There is the PR for this.
 I looked into Empathy. On Linux telepathy-sofiasip should be installed 
 to add SIP to empathy, and on FreeBSD there is no such port.
 
 Yuri

Skype works. You need a reasonably recent 7 or 8 STABLE or CURRENT and
the linux-f10 stuff. There are a number of skype ports; you want to
use net-im/skype.

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Re: Any working SIP-phone on FreeBSD?

2011-06-18 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 02:33:06PM -0700, Yuri wrote:

 On 06/18/2011 14:23, Frank Shute wrote:
 I was going to use Ekiga but it's dependency on qt and my small SSD
 meant it was a no go. As another poster mentioned, I wasn't overly
 impressed that you have to muck about with your router etc.

 
 Actually, ekiga is GTK app and isn't supposed to use any Qt.

That's what I thought before I started building it but it dragged in
all the qt stuff for some reason! I was a bit disgusted at the time as
it had been advertised as a Gnome app.

I've just tried rebuilding it but it bombs out in net/opal with C++
compiler errors. No signs of the KDE menu I was presented with when I
last built it.

Maybe I built the wrong port first time around by mistake...


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Re: Problems compiling 8-STABLE/amd64 system on Intel Core2 4300

2011-06-18 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 04:38:39AM +0200, Polytropon wrote:

 On Sat, 18 Jun 2011 20:52:06 -0500, Adam Vande More wrote:
  On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 8:05 PM, Polytropon free...@edvax.de wrote:
  
   Seems that neither core and core2 are fully supported. Which
   CPUTYPE should be used for Intel Core2 4300 then, or can it be
   omitted without problems?
  
  
  I've used core successfully for years.  Did you clean any potential
  conflicts? 
 
 I'm sure I did. I have a minimal /etc/make.conf and I also
 remove /usr/obj (and make clean) before any new attempt.
 
 
  What happens if you just comment out CPUTYPE for this run after
  the clean out?
 
 I'm currently trying that, the build is still running. The
 system as been initially installed as 8.1 from CD #1, then
 upgraded to 8.2-PRERELEASE as of January 1st (from source),
 and that's the system that's currently performing the build
 process.
 
 After I have (hopefully) successfully installed latest 8-STABLE,
 I'll see if CPUTYPE=core or CPUTYPE=core2 will then work.
 
 Are there alternative CPUTYPEs for the CPU in question?
 

I've used nocona with my core2 with satisfactory results.

No idea if it produces faster code as I haven't tested.


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Re: freebsd-update 7.0-7.4 problem: rmdir Directory not empty

2011-06-04 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Jun 03, 2011 at 10:21:13AM -0400, Brent Bloxam wrote:

 I'm going through the freebsd-update process to move from 7.0 to 7.4. I 
 followed the handbook, rebooted to GENERIC and followed up with 
 `freebsd-update install` and got the following output:
 
 # freebsd-update install
 Installing updates...rmdir: ///usr/share/man/ja: Directory not empty
 rmdir: ///usr/share/man/en.ISO8859-1/cat8: Directory not empty
 rmdir: ///usr/share/man/en.ISO8859-1/cat4: Directory not empty
 rmdir: ///usr/share/man/cat8: Directory not empty
 rmdir: ///usr/share/man/cat4: Directory not empty
  done.
 
 Are these rmdir lines something to be concerned about? Should I remove 
 them and their content?

I wouldn't worry too much about that. I've still got those dirs on my
7.3 machine.

The worst case scenario, I think, is that you may have some old
manpages lying around.

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Re: cmpsfont-1.0_7 checksum mismatch

2011-05-30 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, May 30, 2011 at 08:48:18AM +0200, n dhert wrote:

 There seems to be an error with the recently (5 days ago) distributed new
 1.0_7 version of  cmpsfont:
 
 ---  Upgrading 'cmpsfont-1.0_6' to 'cmpsfont-1.0_7' (print/cmpsfont)
 ---  Build of print/cmpsfont started at: Mon, 30 May 2011 08:29:15 +0200
 ---  Building '/usr/ports/print/cmpsfont'
 ===  Cleaning for cmpsfont-1.0_7
 ===  Vulnerability check disabled, database not found
 ===  License check disabled, port has not defined LICENSE
 ===  Extracting for cmpsfont-1.0_7
 = SHA256 Checksum mismatch for cmps-unix.tar.gz.
 ===  Refetch for 1 more times files: cmps-unix.tar.gz
 ===  Vulnerability check disabled, database not found
 ===  License check disabled, port has not defined LICENSE
 = cmps-unix.tar.gz doesn't seem to exist in /usr/ports/distfiles/.
 = Attempting to fetch
 http://ftp.ctex.org/pub/tex/fonts/type1/cmps-unix.tar.gz
 ===  Vulnerability check disabled, database not found
 ===  License check disabled, port has not defined LICENSE
 = SHA256 Checksum mismatch for cmps-unix.tar.gz.
 ===  Giving up on fetching files: cmps-unix.tar.gz

 How to deal with it?
 Or wait for a better version?

send-pr(1) or drop the maintainer an email (he's probably forgotten to
update the distinfo).

If you must have the port *now* you can edit the port with the new
checksum calculated using sha256(1). 
(Edit /usr/ports/print/cmpsfont/distinfo)

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Re: How to change Fluxbox resolution?

2011-05-25 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 06:08:55AM -0700, Ed Flecko wrote:

 Hi folks,
 I've installed FBSD 8.2 and Fluxbox. Fluxbox works just fine, but I
 can't figure out how to change my resolution to 1024x768 (my monitor
 is a 19 - but the square format, not widescreen format). When Fluxbox
 runs...it's too wide for my monitor.

That sounds like you might have to fiddle with the monitor controls.

Another thing to play with is x11/xvidtune and get a modeline out of
it. After you've got a satisfactory image pres show and paste that
line into xorg.conf

BTW, most modern 19 monitors are 1280x1024
 
 Here's what I've done:
 
 1.pkg_add ?r xorg
 
 2.pkg_add ?r fluxbox
 
 3.# Xorg -configure
 
 4.# cp /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
 
 5.# echo hald_enable=\?YES\  /etc/rc.conf
 
 6.# echo dbus_enable=\?YES\  /etc/rc.conf
 
 7.reboot
 
 8.# echo ?/usr/local/bin/startfluxbox?  ~/.xinitrc
 
 9.startx
 
 I've edited xorg.conf and added a 1024x768 entry, but apparently
 something's not right.
 
 Comments? Suggestions?
 
 Thank you,
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Re: Ekiga FreeBSD (for a future without Skype)

2011-05-22 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 07:10:06AM +0200, Gour-Gadadhara Dasa wrote:

 On Sun, 22 May 2011 19:36:46 -0400
 Robert Simmons rsimmo...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Also, unless my friends all change from Skype or Skype becomes
  intolerable with SIP, I'm stuck with Skype.
 
 You use Skype -- SIP gateway?
 
 I use SIP even with my 'landline' phone, but still have the need to
 talk to Skype users (which becomes difficult after I switched from
 Linux to FreeBSD).
 
 
 Sincerely,
 Gour
 

Gour, the Skype port(s) were updated[*] not so long ago. Maybe worth
giving it a try again.

[*]
http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-multimedia/2011-May/012147.html


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Re: Running gpg-agent and caching the passphrase

2011-05-21 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 08:34:21AM +0200, Jens Jahnke wrote:

 Hi,
 
 I'm trying to get gpg-agent running under 8.2 using the same setup I've
 had on my linux box.
 The agent is started via .xinitrc:
 export GPG_TTY=$(tty)
 if [ -z `pgrep gpg-agent` ]; then
   eval $(gpg-agent --daemon --write-env-file ${HOME}/.gpg-agent-info \
   --log-file ${HOME}/.gnupg/gpg-agent.log)
 fi
 
 The agent is up and running (checked via ps) and the option use-agent
 is set in gpg.conf. As pinentry I installed pinentry-gtk2.
 
 If I try to sign or decrypt something the pinentry window comes up and
 asks for my passphrase. So far so good but I want it to cache my
 passphrase for some time.
 My ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf:
 default-cache-ttl = 3600

Try:

default-cache-ttl 3600

(no equals sign)

 
 But no matter what option I set the passphrase is not cached and there
 is no error message in the logs.
 I don't know if this is the right place to ask but the same setup was
 running on my linux box without problems so I guess this might be bsd
 related.
 
 Regards,
 
 Jens
 
 P.S.: I use ssh-agent also and it works without problems. While using
 gpg-agent with the ssh option ask for the passphrase every time the key
 is used.
 

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Re: Input file for shutdown warning?

2011-05-17 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 05:38:21PM -0700, Alexander Lardner wrote:

 Hello,
 Is it possible to do something like this:
 
 shutdown -p now /root/somefile
 
 How would I do that, or is it even possible?
 Thanks,
 Alex

Use wall(1)

# wall somefile  shutdown -p now


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Re: Does running ``# portupgrade -arRp '' prompt for options or updates everything without prompts?

2011-05-05 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, May 05, 2011 at 05:50:28PM -0500, Antonio Olivares wrote:

 Dear all,
 
 I was running FreeBSD 8.1 and am in the process of updating it
 following advice in handbook:
 
 http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/updating-upgrading-freebsdupdate.html
 
 ran
 # freebsd-update fetch
 # freebsd-update install
 
 # portupgrade -af
 
 # freebsd-update -r 8.2-RELEASE upgrade
 
 then
 
 # freebsd-update install
 
 Tried to do this:
 # portupgrade -f ruby
 # rm /var/db/pkg/pkgdb.db
 # portupgrade -f ruby18-bdb
 # rm /var/db/pkg/pkgdb.db /usr/ports/INDEX-*.db
 # portupgrade -af
 
 Did not work correctly[too many customizations] and Tried again
 
 # freebsd-update install
 
 and had nothing more to do :(
 
 I had many packages that need to be updated so I am running :
 
 # portupgrade -arRp
 
 will this prompt me for customizations?

Yes it will. I usually use the -C flag of portupgrade when I'm
updating ports. This flag prompts you with all the options screens
before it does the update. That way you're not left with the upgrade
hanging half way through whilst it waits for you to configure the
options.

As Polytropon says you can use the --batch flag if you know that you
don't want to change the default options.

 
 Thanks in advance/advice/suggestions.  I am taking the plunge a little
 further.  Before I just installed and left it alone :( [except for a
 few packages that I wanted and ran/installed via ports ], now I am
 trying to learn more and setup the firewall.  I set up the simple
 example setup by Polytropon and most is working.  My freebsd version
 has moved to FreeBSD 8.2
 
 
 
 [olivares@grullahighschool /usr/home/olivares]$ uname -a
 FreeBSD grullahighschool.rgccisd.org 8.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE
 #0: Thu Feb 17 02:41:51 UTC 2011
 r...@mason.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64
 
 
 Regards,
 
 Antonio

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Re: Nvidia problem Digest, Vol 360, Issue 10

2011-05-02 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, May 01, 2011 at 10:01:46AM -0700, Arthur Barlow wrote:

  Does anyone know if this will ever be supported for FreeBSD 8.x?  I
  tried both the version in ports as well as the one directly from
  NVIDIA.  No joy.  Does anyone know of other possibilities?
 
  You might try putting the port's name in question into the body of
  your post. Anyway, is there a specific reason that you cannot use the
  latest version in the posts system, nvidia-driver-256.53_1? I believe
  that nVidia released a newer version last year, 270.41.06,
  but it is apparently not available in the ports system. You might want
  to check with da...@freebsd.org regarding that.
 
  All of the FreeBSD nVidia drivers are listed on:
  http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html.
 
  --
  Jerry ???
  jerry+f...@seibercom.net
 
 Sorry.  I should have mentioned that I'm using a GeForce FX 5200 card.
  Because of it's age, NVIDIA says that it need the the
 nvidia-driver-173..., but NVIDIA also says they do not have a
 version that works for FreeBSD 8.x.  I was hoping someone in the
 FreeBSD community might have ported it.  Unfortunately, I'm no video
 card hacker.

Arthur, I have a similar card to you and I have used:
x11-drivers/xf86-video-nouveau

I don't think it does all the 3D stuff but otherwise it works well.

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firefox4 not starting

2011-03-25 Thread Frank Shute
I upgraded from firefox3.6 to firefox4.0 and now it won't start even
after doing a: rm -rf ~/.mozilla (I saved my profile).

I set -x on the firefox shell script and this is the output:

$ firefox 
+ moz_libdir=/usr/local/lib/firefox
+ found=0
+ progname=/usr/local/bin/firefox
+ dirname /usr/local/bin/firefox
+ curdir=/usr/local/bin
+ basename /usr/local/bin/firefox
+ progbase=firefox
+ run_moz=/usr/local/bin/run-mozilla.sh
+ test -x /usr/local/bin/run-mozilla.sh
+ /bin/pwd
+ here=/usr/home/frank
+ [ -h /usr/local/bin/firefox ]
+ cd /usr/home/frank
+ [ 0 = 0 ]
+ [ -x /usr/local/lib/firefox/run-mozilla.sh ]
+ dist_bin=/usr/local/lib/firefox
+ run_moz=/usr/local/lib/firefox/run-mozilla.sh
+ script_args=''
+ debugging=0
+ MOZILLA_BIN=firefox-bin
+ [ '' = beos ]
+ pass_arg_count=0
+ [ 0 -gt 0 ]
+ [ 0 = 1 ]
+ exec /usr/local/lib/firefox/run-mozilla.sh /usr/local/lib/firefox/firefox-bin

That all looks kosher to me. Anybody run into the same problem and
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Re: Character shortcuts

2011-03-12 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 02:07:59PM -0600, Antonio Olivares wrote:

 Dear FreeBSD experts,
 
 There has been something that I find hard to do, I would like to find
 a CTRL + KEY combination, or ALT + KEY combination to input special
 characters like (ñ)  [ALT + 164 or ALT + 0241 in Mr. Gates OS].
 
 http://www.forlang.wsu.edu/help/keyboards.asp
 
 accents other symbols like copyright, euro, etc.  I would like to do
 the same(have a special key combination) to get the characters in
 FreeBSD too, but googling have not found something that works.  I even
 tried to run a litte program in the shell to generate the characters
 to use for cutting + pasting to no avial.
 
 But the characters after 127 are not printable :( using the pr-ascii script 
 from
 http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/wrapper.html
 
 u + 00F1 is the ñ,but I don't know which key combination gives the
 same results as above.  A script/program(C,C++) that would generate
 the characters would be nice, but if there is a key combination that
 could be used to generate the special letters.
 
 Thanks in Advance,
 
 Antonio

You can get those characters (digraphs) using vim.

:help dig

in (g)vim.

E.g

Ctl-k n ~ñ
Ctl-k C o©

There's a note about using the Euro sign in the vim helpfile. (Depends
on the encoding of the font you're using.)

You could also make macros for these digraphs in vim.


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Re: Character shortcuts

2011-03-12 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 03:57:31PM -0600, Antonio Olivares wrote:

 On Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM, Polytropon free...@edvax.de wrote:
  On Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:07:59 -0600, Antonio Olivares 
  olivares14...@gmail.com wrote:
  Dear FreeBSD experts,
 
  There has been something that I find hard to do, I would like to find
  a CTRL + KEY combination, or ALT + KEY combination to input special
  characters like (ñ)  [ALT + 164 or ALT + 0241 in Mr. Gates OS].
 
  http://www.forlang.wsu.edu/help/keyboards.asp
 
  accents other symbols like copyright, euro, etc.  I would like to do
  the same(have a special key combination) to get the characters in
  FreeBSD too, but googling have not found something that works.  I even
  tried to run a litte program in the shell to generate the characters
  to use for cutting + pasting to no avial.
 
[snip]
 
 Thanks Frank  Polytropon for your input.  I have students that bug me
 with how to put the characters on their responses to their instructors
 on the web pages via email.  I tell them to open OpenOffice and insert
 Special Character and then select the n with the tilde for the Spanish
 work.  But they wanted an easier way sort of the way BILL GATES OS has
 it.  And I told them I would ask so they could do it also in FreeBSD
 and Linux land.  One student told me that it mattered which ISO Header
 were used?  ISO 8*?  but I told him you gotta be kidding me.  There
 has to be an easier way.  The keyboards are standard US all using
 English keyboards.

It depends on how the webpage handles things. Just cutting and pasting
will end up with indeterminate results because the way a webpage
handles a Euro is different to how email handles a Euro (only
iso8859-15 has a Euro character IIRC) which is different to how an xterm
handles it... etc.

 
 I know how to do it in \LaTeX{} or \TeX{},
 \~n, \'

I don't suppose for a minute that all your students use LaTeX or you
could just ask them to send an attached pdf.

 
 
 but it does not matter for me, it is for them.  They have to write to
 their spanish instructors in dual enrollment credit.  I tell them then
 to open another page with the special letter and highlight them and
 copy+paste them and they boo my answer :(

Antonio, if they're writing to their Spanish instructors using a
web to email gateway then their characters are likely to get mangled.

If the gateway accepts attachments, then a pdf is the best bet: you
know special characters wont get mangled.

Tell your idle scum^H^H...students to learn LaTeX and a decent text
editor ;)

 
 Regards,
 
 
 Antonio

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Re: Quick question about sound drivers (esp. snd_hda)

2011-03-11 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 03:29:44PM -0500, Brian Waters wrote:

 It seems to me that under /dev, you can have the following
 sound-related device files:
 
 dspX
 dspX.Y
 (among others)
 
 I'm having some trouble getting my sound to work (Dell Inspiron
 E1705/Inspiron 9400 with Sigmatel STAC9220 codec). I've read the
 manpages for snd and snd_hda (which is the appropriate driver), and
 increased the verbosity of the drivers and read the kernel log and
 /dev/sndstat, but I still can't quite wrap my head around everything.
 
 What I'm wondering is: what exactly is the meaning of X and Y above?
 I'm assuming that X comes from the association numbers in the
 snd_hda driver, but I could be wrong. Please correct me!
 
 Thanks,
 Brian Waters

Have you tried setting the default unit:

# sysctl hw.snd.default_unit=1

If that works, you can make it permanent with:

# echo hw.snd.default_unit=1  /etc/sysctl.conf

If it doesn't, you have to post the output of:

$ cat /dev/sndstat

Make sure your volume is turned up: mixer(8)

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Re: Apple FreeBSD relationship

2011-03-09 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Mar 09, 2011 at 02:00:37PM -0800, Nerius Landys wrote:

 This is not a technical question.
 
 Basically I have some cash sitting around.  I'm thinking of investing
 part of it with a company that I believe in.  Apple came to mind.  

Don't invest your cash in a company that has reached it's peak and is
on it's way down after it's charismatic leader dies sooner rather than
later.

2nd biggest company by cap after Exxon?! Can you say overpriced?


 You could say that I'd like to judge Apple's moral character before
 investing money with them.  Does anyone know how Apple reciprocates
 to FreeBSD?  After all a lot of MacOSX is borrowed from FreeBSD.  I
 am not seeing Apple's name on this page:
 http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/sponsors.shtml .  Are there
 other ways in which Apple might be reciprocating?

Apple produces the clusterfuck that is CUPS, I believe. They do also
produce good stuff that is bsd licensed like GCD. But even if they
produce magical pixie dust they're still overpriced.


 
 - Nerius

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Re: xpdf can not print via cups if started from firefox

2011-03-08 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Mar 08, 2011 at 09:38:28AM +0100, O. Hartmann wrote:

 Hello.
 
 I've got a weird problem here. Very often I download scientific papers 
 as pdf from protals and they got opened via firefox3 with the configured 
 propper utility, in this case xpdf. In such a case, printing is 
 impossible. I hit the print button, a popup shows up with the configured 
 CUPS printing queue, but hitting OK doesn't have any effect. The funny 
 thing is: when opening the same PDF (it is stored in /tmp/) with xpdf by 
 starting xpdf from a terminal, printing on the same queue works well.
 I realized that the change of this behaviour occured a long time ago 
 when the cups printing system got an update. I never figured out what's 
 the diffrence between starting xpdf via terminal and starting via 
 firefox. My first guess was that my local ~/.xpdfrc does have effect, as 
 the right configured CUPS printing queue showed up, but even the 
 firefox-started xpdf client shows the right printing queue, so this 
 implies that xpdf also reads my ~/.xpdfrc.
 I'm not sure what's going wrong. I have no clue what kind of paper 
 information is passed to xpdf by being called via firefox. Any help 
 appreciated.
 
 Thanks,
 
 Oliver

Oliver, I haven't got a fix for the above but have you tried using
this add on for firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/pdf-download/


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Re: license of the code in freebsd documantation

2011-03-04 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 11:53:14PM +0900, Kouichiro Iwao wrote:

 I'm writing a script based on the code in freebsd docs,
 and caring about the license of it. The original scripts are 
 example 6 and 7 of the following page. How do I have to treat 
 my code if I distribute it?
 http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/articles/ldap-auth/client.html
 
 I know freebsd docs is licensed under The FreeBSD Documantation 
 License but don't know about codes in them.
 
 -- 
 kiwao m...@club.kyutech.ac.jp

Since those scripts have been contributed to the FreeBSD project, I
would treat them as if they had the standard FreeBSD license.

If you do that, then you should be playing safe i.e they're almost
certainly not under a more restrictive license.


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Re: Simplest way to deny access to a class C

2011-03-03 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 10:59:59AM -0600, Jorge Biquez wrote:

 Hello all.
 
 I am sorry in advance if this question sounds too stupid.
 
 I have a small server for personal use of webpages running:
 
 7.3-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 7.3-PRERELEASE #0
 
 it is working fine , no problem very stable.
 
 I just need to block some IP class C address that are always trying 
 to discover directories or applications under the web server. They 
 do not do and can not do anything since this server has nothing 
 installed but i am tired of seeing in the logs all the intents they 
 do every 2-3 seconds.
 
 I have not installed any kind of firewall yet.
 What do you think is the best way to accomplish this task? If 
 possible the easiest one. I do not want to do anything else but just 
 bloc IP's, at this moment at least.
 
 Thanks in advance.
 
 Jorge Biquez
 

I'm assuming you're running Apache, in which case you can block
addresses using .htaccess

http://www.webmasterworld.com/apache/3118159.htm


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Re: setting up svn server - Connection refused

2011-02-25 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 09:23:03AM +, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:

 I'm learning how to set up svn server.
 I've read through several sections of
 http://svnbook.red-bean.com/nightly/en/
 
 Here's what I do:
 
 ZEEV svnadmin create /home/mexas/zzz
 ZEEV svnlook info zzz
 
 2011-02-25 09:15:28 + (Fri, 25 Feb 2011)
 0
 ZEEV svnserve -d
 ZEEV ps ax | grep svnserve
 66952  ??  Ss 0:00.01 /usr/local/bin/svnserve.bin -d
 ZEEV mkdir /home/mexas/zzz.work
 ZEEV cd /home/mexas/zzz.work/
 
 When I try to connect to the svn server, I get this:
 
 
 ZEEV svn co svn://localhost/home/mexas/zzz .
 svn: Can't connect to host 'localhost': Network is unreachable

This sounds like it's a problem with your routing table. Does:

$ netstat -r

show a destination of localhost?

$ ping localhost

is useful.

 ZEEV svn co svn://10.10.10.14/home/mexas/zzz .
 svn: Can't connect to host '10.10.10.14': Connection refused

That's more hopeful. Don't know what's wrong though!

 
 ZEEV ifconfig em1
 em1: flags=8843UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST metric 0 mtu 1500
 
 options=209bRXCSUM,TXCSUM,VLAN_MTU,VLAN_HWTAGGING,VLAN_HWCSUM,WOL_MAGIC
 ether 00:13:21:5b:05:1d
 inet 10.10.10.14 netmask 0xff00 broadcast 10.10.10.255
 inet6 fe80::213:21ff:fe5b:51d%em1 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x5 
 nd6 options=29PERFORMNUD,IFDISABLED,AUTO_LINKLOCAL
 media: Ethernet autoselect (100baseTX full-duplex)
 status: active
 ZEEV 
 
 I get exactly the same Connection refused if I
 connect from another host.
 
 I turned the firewall off completely.
 
 What could be the problems?
 

It was a few years ago that I setup my svn repository and I referenced
the book you're using too. 

I launch it out of inetd.conf.

I've got the line:

svn stream  tcp nowait  frank   /usr/local/bin/svnserve svnserve -i

in there. Fixed hosts.allow to only allow machines on the lan to
connect and it works well.

Sorry I can't be more helpful but a different approach to running a
daemon permanently is probably a good idea.


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Re: 8.2-PRERELEASE?

2011-02-19 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 04:04:19PM +0100, Harald Servat wrote:

 Hello list,
 
   yesterday (Feb, 17th) I performed a cvsup (using csup, infact) of my
 /usr/src tree using
  *default release=cvs tag=RELENG_8
   in my csup file (based on the csup
 file /usr/share/examples/cvsup/stable-supfile).
 
   According to [1], RELENG_8_2 and RELENG_8_2_0_RELEASE were created before,
 however, running uname ony machine after building world reports FreeBSD
 8.2-PRERELEASE. I expect it not to show 8.2-PRERELEASE but something newer
 (maybe 8.3-PRERELEASE?) Is uname reporting that I'm stick in some old bits?
 If so, how can I move to the newer 8.x bits? If not, when does the version
 change?
 
 Thank you!
 
 [1] http://wiki.freebsd.org/Releng/8.2TODO
 -- 

Just keep following RELENG_8 and once the 8.2-RELEASE is done it will
become 8.3-STABLE.

If you want the release (+ fixes) then you should change your tag to
RELENG_8_2 and in a few days you will get the release once it's done.

You probably want the second option above if you're a fairly normal
user.


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Re: FreeBSD and SSD drives

2011-02-13 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 12:05:51PM -0500, Maxim Khitrov wrote:

 
 Can you guys please take Microsoft bashing elsewhere? This thread is
 about FreeBSD and SSDs - a topic I'd like to hear more about from
 people with first-hand experience in running such setup.
 
 - Max

Agreed. I posted my short experience of using an SSD as a workstation
drive and I'd be interested in hearing the experience of any other
users. Problems? Praise? Let's hear it.

Have people bothered to mount /tmp as a memory drive or are they as me
just using their SSDs without any messing about?


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Re: FreeBSD and SSD drives

2011-02-12 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 07:12:08PM +0300, Odhiambo Washington wrote:

 On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 6:50 PM, Adam Vande More amvandem...@gmail.comwrote:
 
  On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 6:14 AM, Dave d...@g8kbv.demon.co.uk wrote:
 
   Define a *lot*.   If you look up the spec's on the common (currently)
   available SSD systems, it's only in the 10's of 1000's writes.  Pittiful
   compared to magnetic media.
  
 
  Chances are on many setups, by the time you've written enough data to
  significantly wear out the drive your magnetic media would died of
  mechanical failure long before.  Purchase what you need MLC/SLC.
 
 
   The way they work too, if you write one sector you actualy re-write a
   much larger block of memory.
 
 
  Depends on full setup, the write amplification effect on the X-25's is
  about
  1.1x.  Recent SSD's all are much more efficient compared to when these were
  large, legitimate concerns.
 
 
   Wear leveling, not that common with SSD
   Hard Drives, but very common with USB (Flash) memory sticks,
  
 
  Completely wrong even the first gen modern SSD's had wear leveling built
  in.
 
 
   SSD's have a place, but not for things like swapfiles or working data
   that changes a lot..
  
 
  I guess ZIL's wouldn't be a good use for such devices either.  Perhaps you
  can inform FS designers that they are doing it wrong.
 
 
 While my tech mind cannot comprehend all these arguments, there are laptops
 which come with SSD as primary drives and are running Windows or even
 Apple's OS X.
 I fail to understand why manufacturers would let people install SSDs on
 machines when their life is so much in question.
 
 Can someone please enlighten me on the dangers faced by those who opt to get
 their laptops installed with SSDs?
 
 I personally have one, with a Toshiba 128GB SSD (THNS128GG4BAAA-NonFDE). I
 am running Windows 7 on it.
 
 Should I stop and buy a SATA disk?:)
 

No you shouldn't but you should run FreeBSD on it ;)

There's a lot of FUD talked about SSDs.

All I know is that I've been using one in my workstation for coming up
to a year with no problems so far.

Take it from a mechanical engineer that SSDs are much more robust than
HDDs, which is one reason they (HDDs) are going the way of the dodo.

I recommend that people should use SSDs for their workstations. Makes
a big difference in performance and makes the computer much more
pleasant to work on.


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Re: Why does my 8.2-RC3 dvd1 boot DOS?

2011-02-06 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Feb 06, 2011 at 03:48:45PM -0500, Chuck Bacon wrote:

 SERIOUS APOLOGIES!  I've found out my dvd is marginal, or
 possibly the drive.  What seemed like a bad dvd apparently
 resulted in a scan (by the BIOS?) until it found a boot loader
 it understood, PC-DOS it said, which was one of several I
 discovered in grepping the ISO file.  I should have
 done freebsd-update !
Chuck Bacon - c...@cape.com

Chuck, where on the DVD is the copy of PC-DOS?

 
  I downloaded it yesterday.  Here's the facts:
 
  1. md5 matches CHECKSUM.MD5
 
  2. When I boot off the BIOS, it takes a half minute or so, and
  then: voila!  PC-DOS boots, and for all the world look as
  though it will boot a larger system; except it doesn't have
  a clue.
 
  Here's the hypothesis: The FreeBSD-8.3-RC3 boot loader doesn't
  satisfy my BIOS, and the BIOS looks through the dvd until it finds
  one of the DOS boot loaders provided by some fdisk variant.
  Any ideas why?
 
  If nothing else, I'll download disc1.  Praps that'll work!
 
  Many thanks,
  Chuck Bacon -- c...@cape.com
  ABHOR SECRECY -- DEFEND PRIVACY

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Re: Why does my 8.2-RC3 dvd1 boot DOS?

2011-02-04 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Feb 04, 2011 at 04:53:15PM -0500, Chuck Bacon wrote:

 I downloaded it yesterday.  Here's the facts:
 
 1. md5 matches CHECKSUM.MD5
 
 2. When I boot off the BIOS, it takes a half minute or so, and
then: voila!  PC-DOS boots, and for all the world look as
though it will boot a larger system; except it doesn't have
a clue.
 
 Here's the hypothesis: The FreeBSD-8.3-RC3 boot loader doesn't
 satisfy my BIOS, and the BIOS looks through the dvd until it finds
 one of the DOS boot loaders provided by some fdisk variant.
 Any ideas why?
 
 If nothing else, I'll download disc1.  Praps that'll work!
 
 Many thanks,

Your BIOS isn't clever enough to look through the DVD and find an OS
(an OS that's not shipped with FreeBSD AFAIK). The PC-DOS bootloader
must reside in the boot blocks of your HDD or DVD.

Sometimes manufacturers ship PC-DOS on the HDD if the machine comes
with no OS; maybe that's what you are seeing.


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Re: qmail or postfix?

2011-02-02 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 03:32:26PM +0100, Alessandro Baggi wrote:

 Hi list. Who is better, qmail or postfix?
 
 thanks in advance

I've used both and both have their advocates/supporters.

I used qmail for about 10 yrs and picked it when basically the choice
was qmail, sendmail and smail.

It worked well and was install and configure and don't do anything
else for 10 years.

Then a few years ago I was building a new machine and decided to
re-assess the MTA; I chose Postfix and am very pleased with it.

I chose Postfix because more people run it and support was likely
easier to come across, not because of any perceived inadequacies of
qmail.

When you do decide on your MTA, I'd recommend buying a book which
documents it.

What I'd also say is that Postfix is probably easier to install and
configure. I installed qmail from source but used the port for
Postfix.


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Re: Starting from Scratch!

2011-02-02 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 12:09:11PM -, Graham Bentley wrote:

 After several months away from FreeBSD I am asking
 for advice on versions for general desktop / interest
 use [non critical learning platform]
 
 Should I hang on a bit for 8.2 to go current?
 
 Or will I easily be able to update RC3 in any case?
 
 Thanks!

Graham, you might want to consider doing your installation with a copy
of PC-BSD.

It's got a better installer than FreeBSD's sysinstall and you can use
ZFS if you like. Here's an article which shows the PC-BSD installer in
action:

http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2010/08/17/pc-bsd-8-1-review/

If I was you, I wouldn't wait for 8.2, I'd get stuck in and treat the
inevitable upgrade as a learning experience.


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Re: /usr/ports/x11-wm/awesome problems

2011-01-29 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 09:08:36PM -0800, Joseph Olatt wrote:

 Hi,
 
 Anybody on the list having recent problems with the awesome window
 manager? I get the following error when I try to run awesome:
 
 W: awesome: image_new_from_file:288: cannot load image 
 /usr/local/share/awesome/icons/awesome16.png: unknown error, that's really bad
 /usr/local/share/awesome/lib/awful/menu.lua:221: attempt to compare number 
 with nil
 W: awesome: image_new_from_file:288: cannot load image 
 /usr/local/share/awesome/icons/awesome16.png: unknown error, that's really bad
 /usr/local/share/awesome/lib/awful/menu.lua:221: attempt to compare number 
 with nil
 
 
 
 /usr/local/share/awesome/icons/awesome16.png exists, is readable and can
 be displayed fine with display(1).
 
 
 I did csup the ports tree and recompiled both awesome and imlib2, but
 did not succeed.
 
 
 The entire output of startx is:
 
 X.Org X Server 1.7.5
 Release Date: 2010-02-16
 X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
 Build Operating System: FreeBSD 8.2-PRERELEASE i386 
 Current Operating System: FreeBSD mint 8.2-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-PRERELEASE 
 #0: Fri Jan 21 05:05:00 CST 2011 root@mint:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/MINT i386
 Build Date: 27 January 2011  07:56:40PM
  
 Current version of pixman: 0.18.4
   Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
   to make sure that you have the latest version.
 Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
   (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
   (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
 (==) Log file: /var/log/Xorg.0.log, Time: Fri Jan 28 21:43:23 2011
 (==) Using default built-in configuration (30 lines)
 (EE) Failed to load module fbdev (module does not exist, 0)
 NTSC 
   XRANDR name: VGA-0
   Connector: VGA
   CRT1: INTERNAL_DAC1
   DDC reg: 0x60
   XRANDR name: DVI-0
   Connector: DVI-D
   DFP1: INTERNAL_TMDS1
   DDC reg: 0x64
   XRANDR name: LVDS
   Connector: LVDS
   LCD1: INTERNAL_LVDS
   DDC reg: 0x6c
   XRANDR name: S-video
   Connector: S-video
   TV1: INTERNAL_DAC2
   DDC reg: 0x0
 finished output detect: 0
 finished output detect: 1
 finished output detect: 2
 finished output detect: 3
 finished all detect
 Entering TV Save
 Save TV timing tables
 saveTimingTables: reading timing tables
 TV Save done
 disable primary dac
 disable FP1
 disable TV
 init memmap
 init common
 init crtc1
 init pll1
 restore memmap
 restore common
 restore crtc1
 restore pll1
 set RMX
 set LVDS
 enable LVDS
 disable primary dac
 disable FP1
 disable TV
 record: RECORD extension enabled at configure time.
 record: This extension is known to be broken, disabling extension now..
 record: http://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=20500
 W: awesome: image_new_from_file:288: cannot load image 
 /usr/local/share/awesome/icons/awesome16.png: unknown error, that's really bad
 /usr/local/share/awesome/lib/awful/menu.lua:221: attempt to compare number 
 with nil
 W: awesome: image_new_from_file:288: cannot load image 
 /usr/local/share/awesome/icons/awesome16.png: unknown error, that's really bad
 /usr/local/share/awesome/lib/awful/menu.lua:221: attempt to compare number 
 with nil
 E: awesome: main:505: couldn't find any rc file

Missing rc file. Copy and edit the example one distributed in the
package/port to your $HOME.

Hopefully, that will get rid of most of the warnings.

 
 waiting for X server to shut down xmessage: not found
 xmessage: not found
 finished PLL2
 finished PLL1
 Entering Restore TV
 Restore TV PLL
 Restore TVHV
 Restore TV Restarts
 Restore Timing Tables
 Restore TV standard
 Leaving Restore TV
 

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Re: Cannot build openjdk6 on Fbsd 8.1

2011-01-09 Thread Frank Shute
On Sat, Jan 08, 2011 at 03:34:50PM -0500, John R. Levine wrote:

 java/openjdk6 WITH_WEB will give you the plugin to use with www/firefox.
 
 I'm trying to build openjdk6, and I get this error message.  Any 
 suggestions?
 
 R's,
 John
 
 IcedTeaPluginUtils.cc IcedTeaScriptablePluginObject.cc
 In file included from IcedTeaJavaRequestProcessor.h:46,
  from IcedTeaJavaRequestProcessor.cc:41:
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.h:43:27: error: nsThreadUtils.h: No such file or directory
 In file included from IcedTeaJavaRequestProcessor.h:46,
  from IcedTeaScriptablePluginObject.h:49,
  from IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:51:
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.h:43:27: error: nsThreadUtils.h: No such file or directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:56:31: error: nsIPluginInstance.h: No such file or 
 directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:57:35: error: nsIPluginInstancePeer.h: No such file or 
 directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:58:31: error: nsIPluginTagInfo2.h: No such file or 
 directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:62:30: error: nsICookieService.h: No such file or 
 directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:63:26: error: nsIDNSRecord.h: No such file or directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:64:27: error: nsIDNSService.h: No such file or 
 directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:65:24: error: nsINetUtil.h: No such file or directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:66:26: error: nsIProxyInfo.h: No such file or directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:67:37: error: nsIProtocolProxyService.h: No such file 
 or directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:68:38: error: nsIScriptSecurityManager.h: No such file 
 or directory
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.cc:71:22: error: nsNetCID.h: No such file or directory
 In file included from IcedTeaJavaRequestProcessor.h:46,
  from IcedTeaScriptablePluginObject.h:49,
  from IcedTeaPluginRequestProcessor.cc:41:
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.h:43:27: error: nsThreadUtils.h: No such file or directory
 In file included from IcedTeaPluginUtils.cc:39:
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.h:43:27: error: nsThreadUtils.h: No such file or directory
 In file included from IcedTeaJavaRequestProcessor.h:46,
  from IcedTeaScriptablePluginObject.h:49,
  from IcedTeaScriptablePluginObject.cc:41:
 IcedTeaNPPlugin.h:43:27: error: nsThreadUtils.h: No such file or directory
 

You have to install Firefox first. It contains that header.

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Re: Upgrading from FreeBSD 4.10 to 8.1?

2011-01-07 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Jan 06, 2011 at 07:45:28AM -0800, patrick wrote:

 I know this is a bit crazy, but is there any opinion as to whether a
 binary upgrade using an 8.1 CD would work to upgrade a system running
 4.10? Normally I would want to do a fresh install, but it's at a
 remote client site where it's not going to be easy to do it that way,
 and I'm going to need to guide someone less experienced through the
 install/upgrade process.

An upgrade using a CD wouldn't work as the filesystem changed from
UFS1 to UFS2 betweeen 4 and 5.

I'm afraid as others have indicated, you'll have to visit the site or
ship a preconfigured box to the site.

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Re: port print/teTeX-base failed to install

2011-01-05 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Jan 05, 2011 at 11:56:33AM +, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:

 I'm updating to teTeX-base-3.0_21. I can build the
 port, but trying to install it gives me this error:
 
 *snip*
 install  -o root -g wheel -m 444 ./mktex.opt 
 /usr/local/share/texmf/web2c/mktex.opt
 install  -o root -g wheel -m 555 ./mktexdir 
 /usr/local/share/texmf/web2c/mktexdir
 install  -o root -g wheel -m 444 ./mktexdir.opt 
 /usr/local/share/texmf/web2c/mktexdir.opt
 install  -o root -g wheel -m 555 ./mktexnam 
 /usr/local/share/texmf/web2c/mktexnam
 install  -o root -g wheel -m 444 ./mktexnam.opt 
 /usr/local/share/texmf/web2c/mktexnam.opt
 install  -o root -g wheel -m 555 ./mktexupd 
 /usr/local/share/texmf/web2c/mktexupd
 /bin/sh ../libtool --mode=install install  -o root -g wheel -m 444 
 .libs/libkpathsea.a /usr/local/lib
 install -o root -g wheel -m 444 .libs/libkpathsea.a 
 /usr/local/lib/libkpathsea.a
 ranlib /usr/local/lib/libkpathsea.a
 chmod 644 /usr/local/lib/libkpathsea.a
 /bin/sh ../libtool --mode=install install  -s -o root -g wheel -m 555 
 kpsewhich /usr/local/bin
 install -o root -g wheel -m 555 -s kpsewhich /usr/local/bin/kpsewhich
 install  -s -o root -g wheel -m 555 kpsestat /usr/local/bin
 BFD: /usr/local/bin/stZ0ROVc: The first section in the PT_DYNAMIC segment is 
 not the .dynamic section
 strip:/usr/local/bin/stZ0ROVc[.interp]: Bad value
 BFD: /usr/local/bin/stZ0ROVc: The first section in the PT_DYNAMIC segment is 
 not the .dynamic section
 strip:/usr/local/bin/stZ0ROVc: Bad value
 install: wait: No such file or directory
 gmake[2]: *** [install-exec] Error 70
 gmake[2]: Leaving directory 
 `/usr/ports/print/teTeX-base/work/tetex-src-3.0/texk/kpathsea'
 gmake[1]: *** [install] Error 1
 gmake[1]: Leaving directory 
 `/usr/ports/print/teTeX-base/work/tetex-src-3.0/texk'
 gmake: *** [install] Error 1
 *** Error code 2
 
 Stop in /usr/ports/print/teTeX-base.
 #
 
 Please advise
 
 many thanks
 anton

teTeX is ancient and my advice would be to install TeXLive. It's not
in ports but instructions for installing it can be found on the
forums:

https://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=9681

I think TeXLive 2010 has been released and this has binaries for
FreeBSD. You can get this from http://www.tug.org/ and installation
should consist of just running the installer.


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Re: freeBSDFoundation donate problem

2010-12-30 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 10:04:23PM +, Paul Macdonald wrote:

 I've just tried again to donate to the foundation for the end of year push, 
 but 3 UK based cards all failed on the groundspring interface  ( 2 x visa, 
 1 x mastercard, all had funds obv)
 
 Paypal also failed stating i couldn't use this card for the transaction 
 (which is usable for other purchases fine)
 
 Has anyone else had a problem ( or succeeded) in donakting via the UK, 
 maybe there's a wider problem here..
 
 Am posting as maybe someone knows someone who can take a look ( dru lavigne 
 i think is related to the foundation)
 
 
 Also groundsprings support message lists a bouncing support address, major 
 g...
 
 
 gspring_supp...@tides.org: host tides.org.s8b2.psmtp.com[64.18.7.14] said:
 
 550 No such user - psmtp (in reply to RCPT TO command)
 
 Paul.

I've succeeded donating from the UK using the Paypal button and a
credit card using this page:

http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/

I couldn't get the DonateNow route to work.

If you try again and still can't get it to work then email:

Deb Goodkin deb AT freebsdfoundation.org

and maybe she can help you out.


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Re: Any recommendations for FreeBSD VPS hosting?

2010-12-30 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 05:32:28PM -0800, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:

  n == n j nin...@gmail.com writes:
 
 n Thanks for the input, I'll look into the suggested options:
 n http://arpnetworks.com/vps
 n http://www.rootbsd.net/virtual-hosting/
 n http://www.johncompanies.com/jc_bsd.html
 
 There are rumors of a FreeBSD AMI for Amazon S3 as well, although I
 can't find it on the prebuilt AMI pages yet.

http://www.daemonology.net/blog/2010-12-13-FreeBSD-on-EC2.html


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Re: Do I need a xorg.conf to use webfonts?

2010-12-27 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 01:41:50AM -0500, Xn Nooby wrote:

 I installed FreeBSD 8.1, and the xorg package automatically detected
 my video-card and monitor.  I did not have to create an xorg.conf
 file.
 
 If I want to webpages to look better in Firefox, I think I need to
 install the webfonts package.  Section 5.5.2 of the Handbook seems
 to say I need to modify my xorg.conf to use True Type fonts.
 
 Do I need to create an xorg.conf to modify, or does the X server
 automatically use new TTF fonts?

What you want to do is add it to your fontpath by putting something
like this in your ~/.xinitrc:

xset +fp /usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/webfonts/
xset fp rehash


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randomising tracks: scripting question

2010-12-26 Thread Frank Shute

I generally play my tracks of an album like so:

for track in $(cat trombone_shorty-backatown.m3u); do
mplayer $track
done

They then play in the correct order.

How would I go about randomising the order of play using
sh (preferably) or perl?

Sorry for the OT posting but I thought a brainteaser might clear the
fog caused by excessive Xmas indulgence ;)


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Re: randomising tracks: scripting question

2010-12-26 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Dec 26, 2010 at 06:01:45PM +, RW wrote:

 On Sun, 26 Dec 2010 09:40:43 -0800
 Chip Camden sterl...@camdensoftware.com wrote:
 
  Quoth Frank Shute on Sunday, 26 December 2010:
   I generally play my tracks of an album like so:
   
   for track in $(cat trombone_shorty-backatown.m3u); do
   mplayer $track
   done
   
   They then play in the correct order.
   
   How would I go about randomising the order of play using
   sh (preferably) or perl?
   
   Sorry for the OT posting but I thought a brainteaser might clear the
   fog caused by excessive Xmas indulgence ;)
   
   
   Regards,
  
  change cat t...n.m3u to random  t..n.m3u
  
 
 That should be 
 
 random -f trombone_shorty-backatown.m3u
 
 see random(6) for what happens when it reads directly from stdin
 (without -f -)
 

Excellent. I didn't know about random(6), I was getting lost in the
manpages: there are manpages for random in 3 different sections!
Should have used apropos.


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Re: FBSD 8: custom kernel config ends boot at mountroot. Plz. help!

2010-12-19 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 05:11:58AM -0800, Rob wrote:

 
 Hi,
 
 My system boots fine with the GENERIC kernel on FreeBSD 8.0
 
 I made a custom kernel, but the boot process then ends with the
 
 mountroot
 
 error and prompt.
 
 Apparently something is wrong with my kernel config file.
 
 Can somebody check it below and tell me what is wrong with my kernel config 
 file? Especially the GEOM_PART_* at the end might be the culprit, although 
 this 
 configuration used to work for 7.3.
 
 Thank you!
 
 Rob.
 
 # My kernel config file:
 cpuI686_CPU
 identMYKERNEL
 options SCHED_ULE# ULE scheduler
 options PREEMPTION# Enable kernel thread preemption
 options INET# InterNETworking
 options INET6# IPv6 communications protocols
 options SCTP# Stream Control Transmission Protocol
 options FFS# Berkeley Fast Filesystem
 options SOFTUPDATES# Enable FFS soft updates support
 options UFS_ACL# Support for access control lists
 options UFS_DIRHASH# Improve performance on big directories
 options COMPAT_FREEBSD7# Compatible with FreeBSD7
 options _KPOSIX_PRIORITY_SCHEDULING # POSIX P1003_1B real-time extensions
 options KBD_INSTALL_CDEV# install a CDEV entry in /dev
 devicepci
 deviceata
 deviceatadisk# ATA disk drives
 options ATA_STATIC_ID# Static device numbering
 devicescbus# SCSI bus (required for SCSI)
 deviceda# Direct Access (disks)
 devicepass# Passthrough device (direct SCSI access)
 deviceatkbdc# AT keyboard controller
 deviceatkbd# AT keyboard
 devicepsm# PS/2 mouse
 devicevga# VGA video card driver
 devicesplash# Splash screen and screen saver support
 devicesc
 devicepmtimer
 deviceloop# Network loopback
 deviceether# Ethernet support
 devicepty# BSD-style compatibility pseudo ttys
 devicemd# Memory disks
 devicebpf# Berkeley packet filter
 options SC_DISABLE_REBOOT
 options DEVICE_POLLING
 options HZ=1000
 nodevice mem
 nodevice io
 nodevice uart_ns8250
 nooptions GEOM_PART_BSD
 nooptions GEOM_PART_EBR
 nooptions GEOM_PART_EBR_COMPAT
 nooptions GEOM_PART_MBR
 

Rob,

If you're going to use a custom kernel, copy GENERIC, edit it and save
it as your kernel conf.

Then when you run into trouble with your custom kernel you can post a
diff(1) between it and GENERIC. Then it's easy to see what you've
enabled/disabled, left-out etc.

As it stands, it takes too much time for people to compare your custom
kernel with GENERIC.


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Re: printing from inside Linux firefox

2010-12-04 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Dec 03, 2010 at 07:22:34PM -0800, Dan Strick wrote:

 I am running FreeBSD release 8.1.  I normally run a Linux Firefox
 (currently version 3.5.15) because I need the flash plugin
 (/usr/ports/www/linux-f10-flashplugin10).  I also need to print web pages
 on occasion but the Linux Firefox does not recognize the printers attached
 to my system.  It writes warning/error messages like this in the window
 from which I ran the Firefox program:
   (firefox-bin:77065): Gtk-WARNING **: libcups.so.2: cannot open shared 
 object file: No such file or directory
 
 If I copy the missing library (from Fedora 10 Linux) into /compat/linux,
 Firefox complains about another missing library.  If I give it more
 libraries until it shuts up, it still does not find my printers.  I
 speculated that cups requires additional configuration, so I created the
 file /compat/linux/etc/cups/pinters.conf with a DefaultPrinter ps0
 entry, but Firefox still won't recognize my printer and it produces
 no warning/error messages that might give me a hint.
 
 Obviously, I don't know what I am doing.  Can this be made to work?
 
 I tried /usr/ports/www/firefox which installs as firefox3, a native
 FreeBSD Firefox program.  It will print via lpr, but It won't
 do flash.  I tried the flashplugin-mozilla port, but it just causes a
 segmentation violation when I visit a page with flash items.
 (Oddly enough, if I install linux-f10-flashplugin10 in a recent 3.6.xxx
 version of Linux Firefox, it seems to fail in the same way.)
 
 I tried printing to a file, but both the Linux and FreeBSD Firefox
 programs create slightly strange postscript and pdf files which seem
 to display correctly via the ghostscript and acroread programs but
 won't print correctly on my postscript printer (a Brother HL-1270N).

Firefox produces OK postscript. Your printer setup is borked. Try
using lpr and doing away with CUPS is my advice. Then you can send ps
directly to the printer.

Below are the important files for my postscript printer. I just
convert everything to postscript before I lpr it.

$ cat /etc/printcap

lexmark|local:\
:lp=/dev/lpt0:\
:if=/home/frank/bin/myfilter:\
:sd=/var/spool/lpd/lexmark:\
:lf=/var/spool/lpd/lexmark/log:\
:af=/var/spool/lpd/lexmark/acct:\
:mx:\
:sh:

$ cat /home/frank/bin/myfilter

#!/bin/sh
#

cat - 
echo \f



 I tried Linux Opera.  It fails just like the Linux Firefox.
 This is actually a serious problem.  There are sometimes when I just
 *have* to be able to save a postscript image (e.g. a map) and print
 it later.
 
 My sister tells me that I should be using MS Windows because that always
 works correctly.  I don't know how to prove her wrong.
 

You can prove her wrong by reading the handbook and installing flash
with the native Firefox; it works fine for me.

 Help!
 
 Dan Strick

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Re: About FreeBSD command question

2010-12-03 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Dec 03, 2010 at 03:36:02PM +0800, kan wrote:

 Hi Support,
 
 I have a FreeBSD server for mailing, I must make backup and check the which 
 bit (32bit/64bit) is now use in FreeBSD, 
 so can you provide the command for me?
 
 Regards,
 Kan

Not too sure I'm clear what you're askingyou want to know whether
your machine is 32 bit or 64 bit?

$ uname -p

If it says amd64 it's 64 bit and if it says i386 it's 32 bit.

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Re: apache13 to apache22

2010-11-09 Thread Frank Shute
On Tue, Nov 09, 2010 at 03:07:55PM -0500, Fbsd8 wrote:

 Frank Shute wrote:
 On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 02:18:19PM -0500, Fbsd8 wrote:
 As I do a complete fresh install of 8.1 I saw that apache13 is no longer 
 being supported, so thought this is the time I will move to apache22.
 
 Now everything went real easy until testing my websites. In apache13 the 
 .css (style sheet) calls for a blue background. The .css file is in the 
 same directory as the html files making up the website. In apache13 I 
 got the blue background but in apache22 I get a white background. I 
 checked the apache22 htppd.config file for any info on css but found none.
 
 Are .css (style sheet) handled differently in apache22?
 
 AFAIK they're not.
 
 It sounds like the stylesheet isn't being served up (white background
 is default).
 
 Examine the apache error log. By default it's in /var/log. Also look
 in the regular apache log and it could be the stylesheet is getting a
 404.
 
 Is server root the same in httpd.conf for 2.2 as it is for 1.3? Could
 be the cause of the problem. 2.2 uses a different root by default
 IIRC.
 
 
 Regards,
 
 
 This is part of my config file.
 
 
 ServerRoot /usr/local
 Listen 6680
 DocumentRoot /usr/local/www/apache22/data
 Directory /
 AllowOverride None
 Order deny,allow
 Deny from all
 /Directory
 
 Directory /usr/local/www/apache22/data
 Options FollowSymLinks MultiViews
 AllowOverride None
 Order allow,deny
 Allow from all
 /Directory
 
 IfModule alias_module
 Alias /FBSD_manuals/ /usr/local/share/doc/
 
 Directory /usr/local/share/doc
 Options Indexes FollowSymlinks MultiViews
 AllowOverride None
 Order allow,deny
 Allow from all
 /Directory
 /IfModule
 
 Here are messages from the access-log.
 GET /index.php/00.00-web_style_sheet.css HTTP/1.1 200 6839
 GET /index.php/powered_by_apache_bsd.gif HTTP/1.1 200 6839
 GET /index.php/powered_by_FreeBSD.gif HTTP/1.1 200 6839

This looks like a problem. It's saying that you have a *directory*
called index.php in your document root which has a stylesheet and 2
gifs contained within it which are all the same byte size.

Is your server correctly dealing with php?

 You can see that apache22 is saying the .css and the 2 .gif have been 
 served up, but the browser has white background instead of blue and the 
 2 gif images are missing from the displayed web page. Now this is a 
 working website that displays correctly on apache13 so i know there is 
 nothing wrong with the directory content.

I suspect you'll find that even though it's saying it has served up
the .css and gifs, it's just serving up index.php which is 6839 bytes
long.

Anything in your error log?

 
 The alias website has the .css file in the same directory and it 
 displays correctly.
 
 
 What am I overlooking here?
 
 

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Re: apache13 to apache22

2010-11-08 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 02:18:19PM -0500, Fbsd8 wrote:

 As I do a complete fresh install of 8.1 I saw that apache13 is no longer 
 being supported, so thought this is the time I will move to apache22.
 
 Now everything went real easy until testing my websites. In apache13 the 
 .css (style sheet) calls for a blue background. The .css file is in the 
 same directory as the html files making up the website. In apache13 I 
 got the blue background but in apache22 I get a white background. I 
 checked the apache22 htppd.config file for any info on css but found none.
 
 Are .css (style sheet) handled differently in apache22?

AFAIK they're not.

It sounds like the stylesheet isn't being served up (white background
is default).

Examine the apache error log. By default it's in /var/log. Also look
in the regular apache log and it could be the stylesheet is getting a
404.

Is server root the same in httpd.conf for 2.2 as it is for 1.3? Could
be the cause of the problem. 2.2 uses a different root by default
IIRC.


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Re: removing files

2010-11-08 Thread Frank Shute
On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 10:48:18AM -0500, Jerry McAllister wrote:

 On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 11:40:20AM +0530, yoganjaneyulu kasetti wrote:
 
  hi,
  
  I have a problem for deleting files using scriptplease some one can
  guide me for the same.
  
  I have some files with the extension of .chk extension along with the
  extension of .log and .gjf extension in the folder called different 
  *input
  folders. *I wanted to delete the .chk file extension having files. If i go
  to individual input folder manually i can delete the file with *rm* command
  line by but i would like to delete all the .chk files extension files at a
  time through scripting rather than manual. So please some one help me for
  the same.
  /student/sweety/gaussiandata/*1249624064640*/input
  
  /student/sweety/gaussiandata/*1261202703914*/input
  
  /student/sweety/gaussiandata/*1263357080155*/input
  
  /student/sweety/gaussiandata/*1289106407303*/input
 
 Your examples given here don't seem to match quite what you are asking
 as far as I see.   Maybe I am looking at it wrong.
 
 But, anyway, can't you just the -R switch on the rm?
 
   cd top_of_tree_with_files_to_delete
   rm -R *.chk
   rm -R *.log
   rm -R *.gjk
 
 Or am I missing something.
 
 jerry

It could be that the OP has more files than the glob can handle. (With
most shells there's a restrictionor used to be).

I'm also reluctant to use a glob with rm without the -i.

With find(1) you can do a dry run first before giving it the -delete
argument.

The OP also wants to use -maxdepth 1 with find(1) if he doesn't want to
traverse the tree below his target dir.


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Re: portupgrade fails to run or do anything

2010-11-07 Thread Frank Shute
On Sun, Nov 07, 2010 at 09:21:22AM -0800, Ron (Lists) wrote:

 I'm trying to upgrade my ports and I can't get portupgrade to do 
 anything.  I type 'sudo portupgrade apache' (or any package) and all I 
 get back is a command prompt.  No error or any other message.  
 portversion seems to work correctly, showing my out of date ports, etc.
 
 Running portupgrade with -F doesn't help at all.  I've also noticed 
 that tab-expansion isn't working like it used to on the port names, so 
 that makes me wonder if the database is screwed up.  I've tried running 
 pkgdb and it just returns like portupgrade.  Running portsdb to try and 
 rebuild the index doesn't help.
 
 Any ideas?  I'm perplexed and Google is no help.
 
 Thanks
 

Give portupgrade the -v arg to get some debugging information. E.g:

# sudo portupgrade -v apache\*


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Re: rc startup script - daemon: failed to set user environment

2010-11-03 Thread Frank Shute
On Wed, Nov 03, 2010 at 08:55:45AM +0200, Valentin Bud wrote:

 Hello community,
 
  I am trying to build a startup script for an application built from source
 code. The application name is SOGo (sogo.nu).
 
 I will attach the rc  script and the error I receive when I run it.
 
 #!/bin/sh
 #
 #
 # PROVIDE: sogod
 # REQUIRE: memcached
 #
 # Add the following lines to /etc/rc.conf to enable sogod:
 #
 # sogod_enable (bool):  Set it to YES to enable sogod.
 #   Default is NO
 #
 #
 
 . /etc/rc.subr
 
 name=sogod
 rcvar=`set_rcvar`
 
 load_rc_config ${name}
 
 : ${sogod_enable=NO}
 : ${sogod_user=sogo}
 : ${sogod_workers=-WOWorkersCount 1}
 : ${sogod_command=/usr/local/GNUstep/Local/Tools/Admin/sogod}
 : ${sogod_logfile=/var/log/sogo/sogo.log}
 
 pidfile=/var/run/sogo/sogo.pid
 command=/usr/sbin/daemon
 command_args=-f -p ${pidfile} -u ${sogod_user} ${sogod_command}
 ${sogod_workers} -WOPidFile ${pidfile} -WOLogFile ${sogod_logfile}
 
 start_precmd=${name}_prestart
 
 sogod_prestart() {
 if [ ! -d `dirname ${pidfile}` ]; then
 mkdir `dirname ${pidfile}` /dev/null 21  chown
 ${sogod_user} `dirname ${pidfile}`
 fi
 if [ ! -d `dirname ${sogod_logfile}` ]; then
 mkdir `dirname ${sogod_logfile}` /dev/null 21
 touch ${sogod_logfile}  chown ${sogod_user}
 ${sogod_logfile}
 fi
 if [ -z ${GNUSTEP_SYSTEM_ROOT} ]; then
 . /usr/local/GNUstep/System/Library/Makefiles/GNUstep.sh
 fi
 }
 
 run_rc_command $1
 
  The sogo daemon requires memcached running to start and the
 file ${sogod_logfile}
 to be readable by ${sogod_user}. I also requires the
 directory /var/run/sogo/ to be read/write
 by ${sogod_user} so it can write the PID file. The GNUstep.sh makefile must
 be loaded
 so it can run properly.
 
  The other command_args are the startup arguments sogod takes.
 
 memcached is already started:
 sogo# sockstat | grep memcached
 nobody   memcached  71167 16 tcp4   172.31.32.6:11211 *:*
 nobody   memcached  71167 17 udp4   172.31.32.6:11211 *:*
 
 sogod is enabled is /etc/rc.conf
 # /usr/local/etc/rc.d/sogod rcvar
 # sogod
 #
 sogod_enable=YES
 #   (default: )
 
 This is the error I receive when I try to start sogod
 sogo# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/sogod start
 Starting sogod.
 daemon: failed to set user environment
 /usr/local/etc/rc.d/sogod: WARNING: failed to start sogod
 
  This is the first rc script I write. What can I do to debug the problem
 further?
 
 Thank you and have a great day,
 v
 -- 
 network warrior

Starting with the obvious, did you create a sogo userID with adduser(8)?
You want to give it nologin as a shell. It will also want a group.


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Re: Problem Installing freeBSD 8.1 on Dell Poweredge T110

2010-10-18 Thread Frank Shute
On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 09:55:41AM -0500, Mike Overton wrote:

  (New Dell Poweredge T110, X3430 Xeon, 4GB 1333MHz ). Machine replaces 
 operating freeBSD 8.1 Dell 686 machine with active Internet connection.
 
 When trying to load freeBSD 8.1 from a boot only i386 ISO disc, which 
 installed with no problems on Dell 686 Pentium machine, new machine is 
 not accepting network configuration loaded via Sysinstall and cannot 
 find freeBSD download site.
 
 Dell Support refused help, stating we do not support freeBSD.
 
 Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
 Thanks,
 
 Mike

One thing that strikes me is that you're using the i386 ISO when your
processor is almost certainly 64 bit.

If you want to address all your memory, then you should use the amd64
ISO.

As to your problem configuring your network, you have to look at the
handbook and give us more information as to what you have done. But as
Adam says you should do a full install with disc 1 if you're having
problems doing a net install.


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Re: How to get clipboard working - X

2010-10-15 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 01:12:16PM -0500, Michael D. Norwick wrote:

 Good day;
 
 Having a time getting cut and paste to work in a new 
 FreeBSD-8.1-RELEASE-p1 installation
 
 I am using a newly rebuilt world and kernel that I cvsup'd yesterday 
 but, I was not able to get it
 going with GENERIC either.
 
 # uname -a
 # **.**.net 8.1-RELEASE-p1 
 **,**.net:/usr/opj/usr/src/sys/BLACKY101410
 
 I have built xclipboard from ports and am using fluxbox ver. 1.1.1 and 
 Eterm ver. 0.9.5. 
 I think I should be able to cut and paste between a brower - Firefox - 
 and Eterm and vice-versa.
 I haven't been able to glean the appropriate information from the handbook.
 
 T.I.A.

How are you cutting and pasting?

1) Highlight text with left mouse, paste with middle mouse

or

2) Highlight text with left mouse, paste with shift-insert

What exactly is not working?

Could be a mouse problem but difficult to tell.


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Re: How to load fluxbox themes

2010-10-15 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 01:17:54PM -0500, Michael D. Norwick wrote:

 Good day;
 
 How does one load a downloaded fluxbox theme?  I have unpacked a nice 
 vermaden authored theme into
 .fluxbox/flux-themes but that is where I am stuck.
 
 fluxbox ver. 1.1.1 from ports
 
 What goes in the .fluxbox/styles directory?
 
 T.I.A.
 

[fr...@orange:frank/.fluxbox]
$ ls -F
apps   fbrun_history  keys-dis   menu~  startup
backgrounds/   init   keys~  overlaystyles/
fbpagerinit~  lastwallpaper  pixmaps/   windowmenu
fbpager~   keys   menu   slitlist
[fr...@orange:frank/.fluxbox]
$ ls -F styles
blackwood/  blue_curve/ cherry/ skulls/
[fr...@orange:frank/.fluxbox]
$ ls -F styles/cherry
theme.cfg   theme.cfg~
[fr...@orange:frank/.fluxbox]
$ ls -F backgrounds/
cherry.png curves.jpg skulls.jpg wood1280x1024.jpg
[fr...@orange:frank/.fluxbox]
$ 

The above gives you an idea if where everything belongs.

theme.cfg has a line calling the background. E.g:

background: fullscreen
background.pixmap:  ~/.fluxbox/backgrounds/cherry.png


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Re: How to get clipboard working - X

2010-10-15 Thread Frank Shute
On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 06:35:15PM -0500, Michael D. Norwick wrote:

 Frank Shute wrote:
 On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 01:12:16PM -0500, Michael D. Norwick wrote:
   
 Good day;
 
 Having a time getting cut and paste to work in a new 
 FreeBSD-8.1-RELEASE-p1 installation
 
 I am using a newly rebuilt world and kernel that I cvsup'd yesterday 
 but, I was not able to get it
 going with GENERIC either.
 
 # uname -a
 # **.**.net 8.1-RELEASE-p1 
 **,**.net:/usr/opj/usr/src/sys/BLACKY101410
 
 I have built xclipboard from ports and am using fluxbox ver. 1.1.1 and 
 Eterm ver. 0.9.5. 
 I think I should be able to cut and paste between a brower - Firefox - 
 and Eterm and vice-versa.
 I haven't been able to glean the appropriate information from the 
 handbook.
 
 T.I.A.
 
 
 How are you cutting and pasting?
 
 1) Highlight text with left mouse, paste with middle mouse
 
 or
 
 2) Highlight text with left mouse, paste with shift-insert
 
 What exactly is not working?
 
 Could be a mouse problem but difficult to tell.
 
 
 Regards,
 
   
 Thank You,  I'm still working on it but you gave me a heads-up.  I think 
 my trackball is broke.

What's more likely is that X is misconfigured for your trackball. A
search for trackball X configuration will probably turn up the
correct line for you to put in your xconf.

If you haven't got a /etc/X11/xorg.conf then the handbook tells you
how to create one:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x-config.html


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