New user - small file server questions and quick GUI question

Kaya Saman SamanKaya at
Tue Dec 29 15:20:16 UTC 2009

Alex de Kruijff wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 05:04:52PM -0600, Adam Vande More wrote:
>> On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 4:42 PM, Kaya Saman <SamanKaya at> wrote:
>>> Also if something goes wrong with the filesystem what are the tools to
>>> check the drive and repair errors as in Linux I use e2fsck followed by
>>> device ID.
>> Example after a dirty shutdown:
>>  fsck -y
> FreeBSD 7 and up is able to do a lot of this on the background: fsck -yB
> Adding the line 'fsck_y_enable="YES"' to /etc/rc.conf will run fsck -y
> if the initial preen fails

Many thanks guys for all the advice!!!! :-)

It is really appreciated!

Sorry haven't snipped more stuff into this mail but things are a bit 
hectic here but what I will say is this; in a few hours once the BSD 8 
DVD ISO comes in I will attempt an install and have a look at what's what.

The server will be constructed first and then I will look at the GUI 
environment with Vbox.

I reckon the proposed disk usage spec from the FreeBSD hand book should 
suffice though shouldn't it??

With a larger HD I would normally do something like 15 - 25GB / (root) 
partition and the rest for /home with round 1.5 - 3GB for swap.

Now my HD is round 40GB so I will do a minimal install and try to 
maximize the /home slice! As result only services I will run are DNS, 

I suppose I could get away with something like 2GB for / which would 
then contain /tmp, /etc, /root, /boot etc.....

Only 2 machines will be connected, my uncles Win XP box and my 
Linux/Solaris system.


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