Finding the right time with Openntpd


In the past, the built-in ntpd server in Freebsd served me well.  Since ntpd binds to all addresses on port 123, ntpd complained incessantly in jailed environments because jails expect to have exclusive access to the jail address.  Although it did not cause my server or jails to crash, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and fix the problem now rather than wait for a problem to manifest itself.

In search for a solution, openntpd can be utilized without binding to any address or addresses.  This makes it attractive for jailed environments. Continue reading “Finding the right time with Openntpd”

Tmux – the Terminalator


How many times have you ssh into your server, only to have your connection interrupted and your terminal session abruptly closed?  This can be problematic especially if processes are running in the background or you are compiling large programs with many dependencies.  The solution – use tmux, the terminal multiplexer. Continue reading “Tmux – the Terminalator”

Manually adjust date and time in FreeBSD

Just the other day, the following message appeared on my FreeBSD 10 virtual machine when first booted up:

root@bsd:~ # sMay  5 07:47:24 bsd ntpd[743]: time correction of 18001 seconds exceeds sanity limit (1000); set clock manually to the correct UTC time. Continue reading “Manually adjust date and time in FreeBSD”

To src or not to src, docs and ports are the question!

Just as in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To be or not to be, that is the question – Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer, do you suffer whether or not to include src, docs, and ports when performing a fresh install of FreeBSD 10? Continue reading “To src or not to src, docs and ports are the question!”

Manually Create Partitions on FreeBSD

When installing FreeBSD there are several items to configure manually during the install process.  One of the first items to manually configure is the disk partition layout in FreeBSD.  Since this configurations will be utilized on production servers, the partition scheme is laid out in a specific fashion. Continue reading “Manually Create Partitions on FreeBSD”