These messages appeared in the kern log file the other day: Jun 21 22:06:06 enterprise kernel: [282015] (ada1:ahcich1:0:0:0): WRITE_FPDMA_QUEUED. ACB: 61 18 38 ce 72 40 0b 00 00 00 00 00 Jun 21 22:06:06 enterprise kernel: [282015] (ada1:ahcich1:0:0:0): CAM status: Uncorrectable parity/CRC error Jun 21 22:06:06 enterprise kernel: [282015] (ada1:ahcich1:0:0:0): Retrying command Jun 21 […]

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FreeBSD is approaching 20 years! I guess it all depends on what you regard as FreeBSD’s true birth. The baptism, the first commit to the CVS repository, the first release, or something else? The first commit to the CVS repository was done on “Sat Jun 12 14:49:13 1993 UTC”. That’s 20 years and 6 days […]

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A brand new Dell Latitude E6530 found its way to my office to be prepared for use for one of my coworkers. I was surprised to learn that the F2 key doesn’t allow you to enter the BIOS Setup. The computer simply freezes and the screen remains black. Just moments prior the firmware showed in […]

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My endeavour with ZFS on NetBSD/amd64 6.0.1 in late February and early March 2013 hasn’t been very positive. The kernel panics every now and then, even during the simplest of operations such as creating a new directory on a ZFS filesystem. The system was installed using UFS for the root filesystem, and the system was […]

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