Sparkling Brand New FreeBSD Admin
jerrymc at msu.edu
Sat Sep 2 06:43:31 PDT 2006
Keith Phipps writes:
> Good Day,
> My name is Keith and I"ve just been promoted to our Unix SysAdmin at
> work. I'll be working with a team of guys in the Ops department but the
> majority are Windows Admins. I'm not completely lost when it comes to
> using *nix, I use it as my Desktop and know Slackware and Ubuntu fairly
> well. I've installed FreeBSD a few times on servers, but that's about the
> extent of my server knoweledge and BSD.
> My questions really come down to this; I'll be working with 4.x and 6.1
> boxes. Are there any global issues with them I should be concerned about,
> something you guys as admins have to deal with regularly. The boss also
> said something that confused me, said I'd need to make the builds and
> compile php, perl, and mysql into the Kernel. I've never done much Kernel
> work (much, lets start with any) but it's always been my understanding
> that with BSD if I wanted to install PHP, PERL, and MySQL on a box, I'd
> just pkg_add it. I've never heard of it actually being compiled in the
You are are right in the case on those utilities. They do not
go in the kernel.
> Right now my biggest resources have to be google and the O'Reilly book
> "Essential Sys. Admin." but I'd like to have a reference guide more suited
> to only the FreeBSD platform. Any recommendations on this as well?
The FreeBSD handbook online and hopefully installed is your
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