next question....

Dave dave at
Sat Nov 27 17:01:19 UTC 2010

On 26 Nov 2010 at 12:11, Arthur Chance wrote:

> -- 
> "Although the wombat is real and the dragon is not, few know what a
> wombat looks like, but everyone knows what a dragon looks like."
>  -- Avram Davidson, _Adventures in Unhistory_

Hmm..  A Wombat...
That's a recoilless anti-tank gun if I remember?
Do not stand behind one, when it's fired!
I digress....


Some progress here..

I have managed at long last to get the OS's own ftp server to behave how 
I want it again (except it's port usage, but I'll work on that later).

(I failed to get pure-ftp installed.  Something in it's dependancies 
doesn't like V8.0 I think.  Come to that, I have to force Sysinstall to 
look for V8.1 stuff, as all the V8.0 stuff has been archived it seems.   
This system was built from a boot disk, and a net based install.)


I've also now got SSH working, and I can connect and login from any 
number of other (Windows) PC's using PuTTY, it works well.

The GPS timed NTP server system also still works well.

But, when logged in as a regular (non root) user, I cant 'su' or 'sudo' 
to achieve root privelages if needed.

(Using PuTTY, so I can now copy paste screen output to here.)

I get this, regardless of how I log in, at the machine's console, or via 

login as: site
Copyright (c) 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994
	The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE (PPSGENERIC) #0: Wed Apr 14 22:55:09 BST 2010

Welcome to FreeBSD!

.  [stuff snipped for brevity]

$ su
su: Sorry
$ sudo
sudo: not found
$ uname -a
FreeBSD FBSD.67MK181QZ 8.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE #0: Wed Apr 14 
22:55:09 BST 2010
root at FBSD.67MK181QZ:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/PPSGENERIC  i386

What have I done bad now?

For the moment (because I need to, as I want to run this thing 
"headless", no physical keyboard or display)  I've enabled root login 
over ssh.  Yes, I realise the risks, but the ssh port will never be 
exposed to the world, just the rest of my lan, and yes, that could be bad 
if "something got in". 


Dave B.

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