Evan Martin (evan) wrote in evan_tech,
Evan Martin

freebsd report

I've played with FreeBSD before so I have some general ideas about things, but it's been a while.

Re-impressions: the manual is so nice! It really blows me away every time I look at it.

My first major hurdle was mounting my ext3 drives full of data. No matter what I tried, I'd find:
# mount -r -t ext2fs /dev/ad0s2 /mnt/a
ext2fs: /dev/ad0s2: Invalid argument

Or a similarly confusing error message. Some things suggested I compile in ext2fs into my kernel, so I tried that (FreeBSD kernel configuration: much simpler than Linux), but no luck.

Then I found it:
# file -s /dev/ad0s2
/dev/ad0s2: Linux rev 1.0 ext3 filesystem data (needs journal recovery)

I'm pretty sure I shut down Linux the last time properly, but who knows. I booted off the Debian installer CD, and after fighting with devfs paths, mananged to mount and unmount the drives, and now all is well in FreeBSD-land.

Now to figure out what sort of RAID setup I want.

  • blog moved

    As described elsewhere, I've quit LiveJournal. If you're interested in my continuing posts, you should look at one of these (each contains feed…

  • dremel

    They published a paper on Dremel, my favorite previously-unpublished tool from the Google toolchest. Greg Linden discusses it: "[...] it is capable…

  • treemaps

    I finally wrote up my recent adventures in treemapping, complete with nifty clickable visualizations.

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.