The FreeBSD binary package manager cheatsheet

submited 25 June 2020

Let’s find out the essential commands that are needed to manage our binary packages in FreeBSD operating system. By looking into 70 practical pkg commands.

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06 July 2020
Valuable News – 2020/07/06  

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems.

04 July 2020
In Other BSDs for 2020/07/04  

BSD related items from Dragonfly BSD Digest.

[FreeBSD-Announce] Core Team Office Hours  

FreeBSD recently held an election for its governing body called the Core Team. The newly elected Core Team would like to invite you to a virtual town hall meeting. They'll be holding two sessions, one timed well for Europe and the Americas; the other timed well for Asia, Africa and India. Sessions will be held at 1800 UTC on July 7, 2020 and 0200 UTC on July 8, 2020. See https://wiki.freebsd.org/OfficeHours for details on how to join either a live stream to watch, or an interactive meeting to participate. A link to this agenda (and any updates) will be there as well.

They'll be discussing the chosen topics and taking general questions at the end. They'll have a moderator who will help call on people in the meeting to ask questions (or to offer comments) as well as relay relevant questions from IRC.

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03 July 2020
OPNsense 20.1.8 released  

OPNsense was delayed while they chased a race condition in the updates back to an issue with the latest FreeBSD package manager updates. For now they reverted to our current version but all relevant third party packages have been updated as updates became available over the last weeks, e.g. cURL and Python, and hostapd / wpa_supplicant amongst others.

7 Days Of BSD Challenge  

Youtube videos series from Linux Lounge about using FreeBSD on a laptop.

Prometheus - Auto-deploying Consul and Exporters using Saltstack Part 4: FreeBSD  

This is the fourth part in my ongoing series on using SaltStack to deploy Consul and Prometheus Exporters, enabling Prometheus to discover machines and services to monitor.

02 July 2020
8-year-jump for awk(1) in Dragonfly  

Thanks to Daniel Fojt, awk(1) has jumped from the 2012 version in DragonFly, to the 2020 version.

BSD Now 357: Study the Code  

OpenBSD 6.7 on PC Engines, NetBSD code study, DRM Update on OpenBSD, Booting FreeBSD on HPE Microserver SATA port, 3 ways to multiboot, and more.

TrueNAS 12 Beta 1 Released With Much Improved ZFS, Better AMD Ryzen CPU Support  

As what was formerly FreeNAS, the first beta of TrueNAS CORE 12.0 is available for testing of this BSD-based operating system for NAS devices and other storage setups.

The TrueNAS 12.0 Beta 1 both for the CORE and Enterprise editions includes much improved ZFS support with now relying upon the code that's going to be released as OpenZFS 2.0, support for ZFS async copy-on-write, native ZFS dataset encryption, ZFS user quota capabilities, and more.

In addition to much improved ZFS support there is also better hardware support with improved AMD Ryzen support as well as expanded network card coverage being two areas. TrueNAS 12.0 Beta 1 also brings a wide variety of performance improvements, support for fusion pools, API keys for scripted control of TrueNAS, and other changes.

Simple ipfw NAT for bhyve virtual machines and vnet jails  

Author of this post had a hard time figuring out ipfw in-kernel NAT from guides, so instead here they present the simplest set of commands they could find to set up a NAT and a little explanation to help you debug when it doesn't work.

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