Category Archives: FreeBSD

Increasing the size of the boot partition of FreeBSD with root on ZFS

In a previous article I migrated my system to root on ZFS, that it also boots from. When I did that the recommended size was 64K, however with FreeBSD 11 that is too small so to be able to upgrade … Continue reading

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Making Mosh work for OSX and FreeBSD

Like many others, it seems, I got the dreaded “mosh-server needs a UTF-8 native locale to run.” when trying to use mosh from my OSX laptop to my FreeBSD server. I tried the stuff google suggested, but nothing worked. What … Continue reading

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FreeBSD and Intel Bay Trail

My old Core 2 Duo server from 2007 has been with me for a little too long now. Its an old workstation from a previous job. But I haven’t really found any alternatives that fit both my requirements and budget, … Continue reading

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Migrating an existing FreeBSD installation to root on ZFS

There are plenty of guides and howtos on how to install FreeBSD onto a ZFS root. It’s on the wiki at https://wiki.freebsd.org/RootOnZFS for example. But I could not find any guides on how to migrate an existing installation to a … Continue reading

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FreeBSD boot stuck on “trying to mount root from”

When I tried to boot into my new ZFS root, the boot went fine up until it was going to mount the root filesystem. It just stuck on “trying to mount root from zfs:twotb/root” and then absolutely nothing happend. I … Continue reading

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Automating your home – it’s easy!

Ever thought about how nice it would be to be able to power on, or off, everything in your home via your cell phone, or the internet? Just imagine one click on a button on your Android or iPhone and … Continue reading

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Setting UTF8 as default in FreeBSD shell & screen, useful for irssi

This is mostly for my own reference. Running irssi with UTF8 will produce garbage characters unless screen, shell and terminal(not documented here, most terminals use utf8 nowadays though) is also set to UTF8. The commands below will fix it, assuming … Continue reading

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Transcoding a stream from a Dreambox on FreeBSD using VLC

Do you want to watch your TV channels from home at work? Do you have a Dreambox? If so, continue reading. Streaming the raw output from a Dreambox over the internet usually makes it stutter. So transcoding it first to … Continue reading

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Setting up FreeBSD as a fileserver and Time Machine target in Mac OS X

Couldn’t find a post that was up to date, the closest one I found was this: http://thomas.pelletier.im/2010/01/time-machine-freebsd-and-afp-are-on-a-little-boat But it recommends Howl, which is deprecated. I decided to replace it with avahi. I based the avahi setup on these posts: http://www.kremalicious.com/2008/06/ubuntu-as-mac-file-server-and-time-machine-volume/ … Continue reading

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