FreeBSD is Fun

Practical recipes for FreeBSD beginners

  • Keeping your logs tidy

    If you’ve ever run a fairly busy webserver on FreeBSD -or you just happen to have particularly badly written code spamming the error log, such as some wordpress based plugin spaghetti- you probably found yourself into the situation where your logs grow out of proportion. Or maybe you ran software that went into some sort of endless restart loop until … Read the rest

  • Playing with text

    Playing with text

    Although I named this blog “FreeBSD is Fun”, most of the articles on it deal with very practical matters, albeit in a simpler and more light hearted way than the FreeBSD documentation. Which is not saying a lot, I admit.

    Therefore and, as a sort of follow up to my previous text on shell colors, I propose today to add … Read the rest

  • Using OVH Backup storage with MySQL

    This post was updated on 2nd August 2022

    Backups are one of those things nobody thinks about until disaster happens and it’s already too late to do anything about it. Even if we keep local backups, this will not be of any help in case of a disk failure or a natural disaster we need to keep our back … Read the rest

  • FreeBSD network setup for VMs in OVH

    One of the reasons why FreeBSD fans are not very fond of OVH is the fact that networking will simply not work out of the box when you create a virtualization guest. In my case I have used Proxmox, but these instructions should work with any other virtualization host.

    Installing FreeBSD is otherwise very straightforward and I won’t cover that … Read the rest

  • Coloring your shell

    Coloring your shell


    If you are like me and enjoy spending time fiddling with FreeBSD, or you want to make it a bit harder to avoid making mistakes because you edited the wrong file or something, it pays off to set up some coloring in your FreeBSD shell. Not for the aesthetics, but to identify easier: who we are (user), where we … Read the rest

  • Your own NGINX web server

    This is an updated version of a tutorial originally posted in Metin2Dev in 2014.

    Today I will explain how to set up the nginx webserver in FreeBSD. While Apache has a long tradition, it has been overtaken performance wise by newer, more robust software like nginx, as can be seen in this comparison graph depicting both web server’s ability … Read the rest

  • Basic SSH security

    This tutorial was first published in 2014 in Metin2Dev. I have corrected a few bits, but the procedures are exactly the same as 10 years ago.

    Today I will show you how to make your server safer easily while at the same time avoiding having to type your login and password every time you want to work on it. … Read the rest

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