Archive for the ‘misc’ Category

Managing ports for multiple FreeBSD servers

Monday, July 31st, 2017

This is a follow up post on how to manage ports for multiple FreeBSD servers. If you’re looking for how to update the operating system itself, have a look at my almost three years old post: Managing multiple FreeBSD servers.

Alright, so what we’re trying to solve is this: multiple VMs running the same (or different) release of FreeBSD, and you’re looking for a way to centralize delivery of packages to your FreeBSD VMs.


MySQL cluster using ndbcluster engine under FreeBSD 11

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017


Not to discourage you, but make sure you read and understand MySQL cluster limitations thoroughly prior to start building the cluster. You don’t want to spend time on building the whole thing just to discover at the very end that you hit some hard coded limitation that can’t be resolved. It’s very easy to be trapped into Catch-22 here: some third-party vendor might say “why would we want to adjust our software to overcome MySQL limitations?”, and I’m sure MySQL dev team has had valid reasons to introduce those. So you end up in the middle, and you’re basically stuck.

For example, the vanilla typo3 distribution won’t work with ndbcluster engine out of the box. You hit the Row size limitation almost immediately, and unless you’re willing to spend time to analyze and optimize the structure of the typo3 database you’re blocked. You might be lucky, and it could be just a small change from varchar(2000) to varchar(1000), but you might be not. In addition to that, you’ll most certainly need a separate instance of MySQL with InnoDB or MyISAM, so you can import the DB, dump it, and start feeding it to the ndbcluster engine in batches. All these contribute to the time spent, and during the course of the installation you start considering alternatives, like changing the Operating System, and/or trying Galera for instance, or even switching to PostgreSQL altogether, but we’re not looking for easy paths, are we? :)


Managing multiple FreeBSD servers

Monday, November 17th, 2014

If you run multiple installations of FreeBSD sooner or later you will face with the issue of how to update them all in the most efficient and centralized way. Building kernel/world for a FreeBSD server with one CPU and couple of GB of RAM will take hours to complete. Fortunately, there is a way to optimize it.


How to change permissions separately for files and directories

Friday, February 8th, 2008

I wanted to change permissions so that all files within /tmp/some/directory will be 644 and all subdirectories 755.

  1. cd /tmp/some/directory
  2. chmod -R 0644 *
  3. find . –type d –exec chmod 0755 {} \;

Happy scripting.