FreeBSD 12.2, UEFI, Zpool Upgrade and Updating Disk Boot Code

Recently, an upgrade from FreeBSD 12.1 to FreeBSD 12.2 led me down a path to examine the process of updating the boot code on the boot disk. After reading several forum and email list posts about this issue, I decided to create a VirtualBox VM to test solutions before upgrading the zpool and disk boot code on my ThinkPad.

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CQRLog Install on FreeBSD

There are several very good logging programs in the FreeBSD Package Repository such as KLog, Xlog, KB, and Yfklog but none of them are as feature rich as CQRLog in my humble opinion! Some amateur radio operators prefer simple logging programs, however, my preference is a logging program which can connect to other services such as, and Log Book of the World as well as other programs such as WSJT-X.

CQRLog uses MYSQL as the default backend database. Normally, installation of CQRlog from FreeBSD’s Package Repository would be straight forward. However, installing MySQL first, provides a little flexibility when installing CRQLog from the FreeBSD Package Repository.

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Changing a Let’s Encrypt Certificate’s Domains

Did you ever configure a piece of software or service and spend a great deal of time doing so, without documenting it, only have to modify it in the future. Let’s Encrypt is one of those pieces of software I had configured in the past and recently had to modify then spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out my initial configuration. This post is an attempt to piece together and document what is needed to update the domains in my Let’s Encrypt Certificate

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NetLogger Install using FreeBSD’s Linux Binary Compatibility

As an active Amateur Radio Operator, I utilize NetLogger on a daily basis. Nearly all of the Amateur Radio Applications I use have native FreeBSD packages with the exception of NetLogger. NetLogger is a Net Management Tool for Ham Radio. It’s a great QT Application available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. NetLogger is available as a free application but the source code is not open source which is unfortunate. In any case, a Linux Binary and associated dependency libraries are available.

NetLogger can be downloaded at I chose the Stable Version 3.1.5 Linux Tar Archive — 32 Bit.

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FreeBSD and WSJT-X Configuration

Recently, I configured WSJT-X on my IBM ThinkPad running FreeBSD 12.1 with the Lumina Desktop. Although it’s working just fine, the road traveled was challenging to say the least. Enclosed are my notes on the actions needed to properly configure FreeBSD and WSJT-X on my Laptop.

For those not familiar with WSJT-X, it is amateur radio software for weak signal communications. Please follow the link for additional information regarding WSJT-X:

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Install TrustedQSL on FreeBSD

From the LoTW website, the Logbook of the World (LoTW) is an online service that enables you to:

  • electronically submit contacts (QSOs) for confirmation
  • view your submitted QSOs and resulting confirmations online
  • view your DXCC, VUCC, WAS, WAZ and WPX award progress online
  • electronically submit confirmations for credit toward DXCC, VUCC, WAS, WAZ and WPX awards

Although there are several services to log contacts such as QRZ and eQSL, LoTW is the Gold Standard of logging contacts in the author’s humble opinion!

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Avahi in FreeBSD


After installing CUPS, I noticed avahi-app was installed as a dependency. Also, while digging around a bit in /usr/local/etc/rc.d, I notice two files of interest: avahi-daemon and avahi-dnsconfd. As a result, I wanted to configure the Avahi on my system provide local hostname resolution using the hostname.local naming scheme as well as the discovery of avahi aware services.

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MySQL 5.7 – Resetting root’s password

After several upgrades of MySQL on my FreeBSD 12.1 Server and, in particular, upgrading from MySQL 5.6 to MySQL 5.7 caused the MySQL 5.7 Server not to start. Reviewing the MySQL .err log file, I decided to remove all the data under /var/db/mysql! Of course, backups and snapshots were made. After removing the data structure under /var/db/mysql, one must re-establish MySQL’s root password thus prompting this post.

Although not a great source of inspiration or knowledge presented in this post, but it is more for my recollection in the future!

Steps for resetting your MySQL instance in FreeBSD 12.1:

root@xxx:/ # service mysql-server stop
root@xxx:/ # cd /var/db/mysql/
root@xxx:/var/db/mysql # rm -Rf *
root@xxx:/var/db/mysql # sysrc mysql_args="--skip-grant-tables"
root@xxx:/var/db/mysql # service mysql-server start
root@xxx:/var/db/mysql # mysql -u root
root@localhost [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
root@localhost [(none)]> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new password';
root@localhost [(none)]> exit
root@xxx:/var/db/mysql # service mysql-server stop
root@xxx:/var/db/mysql # sysrc -x mysql_args="--skip-grant-tables"
root@xxx:/var/db/mysql # service mysql-server start

Checking your password:

root@xxx:/var/db/mysql # mysql -u root -p
Enter password: 'new password'
root@localhost [(none)]> exit


It’s not very often one should feel the need to wax your MySQL Instance, but if you do, ensure backup and snapshots of the data are taken first.

FreeBSD and RedShift – Blue Light Suppression

FreeBSD and Redshift:

Recently, I started using FreeBSD as my daily driver on my ThinkPad T480.  Rather than bore you with installing and initially configuring FreeBSD, I rather focus on the small things that will make your experience much better using FreeBSD on the desktop. Continue reading “FreeBSD and RedShift – Blue Light Suppression”