Netdisco on FreeBSD 12-p3

This is a definitive how-to (updated) on getting the latest version (v2.40.3, February of 2019) of Netdisco up and running on FreeBSD 12- p3. It’s assumed you have your base system installed, have set your shell and installed sudo or given your account wheel access. To start, we need the following prerequisites installed:

  1. p5-DBD-Pg (this will install Perl)
  2. postgresqlXX-server
  3. net-snmp
  4. curl

Using pkg, it’s as simple as:









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Open Source XGL trumps Windows Vista glass UI

I am just your average geek that likes to test what is up and coming for operating systems and such. A friend told me about XGL and so I thought I would check it out. I hopped on to google and found a video of XGL in action. I was absolutely blown away at what I saw. A 3-dimensional desktop in the form of a cube which could spin, rotate, and create some really bizarre effects with running programs. The video did no justice and so I began an attempt to install XGL and Compiz on my Gentoo box. After multiple failed attempts I turned back to google to see if I could find the right code to set this alice-in-wonderland UI up on another box. What I found was an awesoeme LiveCD from Christopher Smart with XGL and compiz completely prebuilt. You can find it at and I highly recommend checking it out. You won’t be disappointed. [Read more…]

Sendmail Riddle

I had an interesting encounter this past weekend with rebuilding sendmail on freebsd. See if you know this one…

You setup Sendmail as an MTA and configured it with a new .cf file. You can send email just fine. As root you get email for the local system just fine. You test your new .cf file by telnet via smtp port on the local machine, primarily to see the configuration settings confSMTP_LOGIN_MSG and greet_pause in action. Everything checks out. When you try to send email from a pop or imap client, it says that the communication to your mail server was interrupted. Telnet to the smtp port (from remote host) gives an automatic disconnect. You can recieve email on the client but not send email. You run an nmap on the localhost and it reveals the smtp port and your configured pop and imap ports are open but an nmap from a remote host reveals a closed smtp port. A ps ax | grep sendmail reveals a running sendmail process.
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