How to use FreeBSD, VirtualBox and USB2.0 Devices

Posted by Benjamin Close on March 1, 2012 under FreeBSD | 3 Comments to Read

This page explains how to use a USB2.0 device in VirtualBox with a FreeBSD 8+ as a hostOS Recently I got around to converting my last Linux box over to FreeBSD. The change over for almost everything was smooth except for one thing. A windows virtual machine. I have a number of applications which sadly [..more..]

FreeBSD Sudo Upgrade Gone Wrong, Password No longer working with Sudo 1.7.2p2 / 1.7.2p3, Sudo Broken

Posted by Benjamin Close on April 14, 2010 under FreeBSD | Be the First to Comment

Recently a port audit security advisor was released that indicated an exploit with sudoedit of the security/sudo FreeBSD port. At the time I was running sudo 1.6.9 and being a responsible system administrator, I decided to upgrade sudo to the latest revision of the port (1.7.2p2 at the time). The upgrade went very smoothly, with [..more..]

Using Serial Devices in FreeBSD / How to set a terminal baud rate

Posted by Benjamin Close on January 8, 2010 under FreeBSD, UniSA | 3 Comments to Read

Recently I was working on a php command line program that required access to a serial port. Initially developed under Linux the program was then shifted to it’s permanent location on a FreeBSD server. This is where we first started having problems. Initially we discovered the server didn’t have a native serial port. We fixed [..more..]

Caldav calendar & icalserver

Posted by Benjamin Close on June 24, 2009 under Computers, FreeBSD, OpenSource | 2 Comments to Read

For quite a while now I’ve been using Apple’s ICal server on FreeBSD and Sunbird/Lightning as a front end to the calendar. However, one thing that has always annoyed me was the lack of a web frontend to my calendars. Well today after searching on a completely different topic I found a javascript front end [..more..]

Booting FreeBSD from a root zfs pool using a standard MBR and partition table

Posted by Benjamin Close on May 8, 2009 under FreeBSD | 5 Comments to Read

This page documents the current state of play for booting the root filesystem (/) off a zfs zpool under FreeBSD, using a standard master boot record (MBR) and a standard partition table. The aim was to be able to have a dual boot system for my laptop using the standard FreeBSD quick selection boot loader. [..more..]

mythtv on FreeBSD: The beginning

Posted by Benjamin Close on April 1, 2009 under Mythtv | Read the First Comment

This documents my progress settting up mythtv on FreeBSD.

Solving the qt4 FreeBSD install problem

Posted by Benjamin Close on March 4, 2009 under FreeBSD | Read the First Comment

Recently I’ve been trying to instal Trolltech’s Qt 4 toolkit on my FreeBSD 7.0 server. ¬†FreeBSD supports qt4 via ports (qt4-gui, qt4-moc, qmake4, etc), hence I’ve been using the ports system to try and install it. However it kept failing with the error: ===> Configuring for qt4-rcc-4.4.3 /bin/cp /data/usr/ports/devel/qt4-rcc/../../devel/qt4/files/configure /data/usr/ports/devel/qt4-rcc/work/qt-x11-opensource-src-4.4.3/src/tools/rcc/../../../ /usr/bin/sed -i.bak -e ‘s|target.path.*|target.path=/usr/local/bin|g’ /data/usr/ports/devel/qt4-rcc/work/qt-x11-opensource-src-4.4.3/src/tools/rcc/ [..more..]


Posted by Benjamin Close on November 13, 2008 under Computers, FreeBSD | Be the First to Comment

FreeBSD VPN This document describes how to setup both the server side and client side for a PPTP connection with MPPE encryption that works for windows, MacOsX and other freebsd boxes. The basic process: – Install & configure pptpserver on the freebsd server – Configure ppp on the freebsd server – Setup the clients 1. [..more..]

Setting up Sendmail with TLS & Auth support under FreeBSD

Posted by Benjamin Close on under FreeBSD, OpenSource | 6 Comments to Read

In order to setup a secure mail transport agent (MTA) that helps eliminate some spam and also allows roaming client support, some sort of authentication mechanisim must be added when setting up a MTA. In my case I’m using FreeBSD 4.9 with sendmail as my MTA. Setting Up Sendmail


Posted by Benjamin Close on November 8, 2008 under FreeBSD, wireless | 7 Comments to Read

Last Updated: 20080521054508 This page documents the current state of the IWN driver for FreeBSD, the driver supports the Intel 4965AGN Wireless Card, often found in Intel Centrino based laptops. If your looking for the driver for the 3945 chipset check out the wpi page. Note: A majorly updated version of the iwn driver has [..more..]