FreeBSD Decision

FRLinux frlinux at
Sat Jan 15 18:02:11 UTC 2011

On Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 1:56 AM, James Phillips <anti_spam256 at> wrote:
> One thing to keep in mind is that BSD speaks a different POSIX "dialect" than most Linux distros (though that is likely true between Linux distros as well). This means things like NFS/NIS won't work without tweaking. One thing I also ran into is that md5sum (Debian) ~= md5 (BSD). I suppose you are supposed to use SHA2 these days anyway :P


I'd be curious to hear about any particular tweaking you need applying
on NFS FreeBSD servers. I have used them for the past 8 years starting
with 4.x at the time and now with a mix of 6.x 7x and 8.x and had not
to tweak anything.

I have found an interesting problem that i cannot explain though. If
the server is installed at 64 bits, and you serve a mix of 32 and 64
bits clients, it crashes the server within a few days (typical
throupout on one of these servers would be serving about 50G a day
,nothing really high). As soon as you switch to only 32 bits Linux
clients, no more crash. Also Centos 64 bits linux clients
(2.6.18+redhat patches) do not crash the server.


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