One of my MySQL 5.7.12 instances refused to start after upgrading to FreeBSD’s MySQL port version 5.7.12_1, claiming: 2016-05-18T11:03:26.688719Z 0 [ERROR] InnoDB: The Auto-extending innodb_system data file ‘/var/db/mysql/ibdata1’ is of a different size 4864 pages (rounded down to MB) than specified in the .cnf file: initial 8192 pages, max 0 (relevant if non-zero) pages! “Googling” […]

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I too was bitten by the portupgrade uninstall error, due to broken pipes, on my laptop running FreeBSD/amd64 stable/10. Others have identified the file 5.26 utility as the culprit, introduced in stable/10 as r298920. Watch PR 209211 for any progress. base/head was corrected at r299234, and stable/10 will follow soon.

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All FreeBSD systems under my care got upgraded last Friday to fix some NTP bugs. That upgrade introduced a new bug in the kernel. The bug first appeared at r298004 in base/head, and later at r298134 in base/stable/10. The i386-based systems were more notably affected than the amd64-based systems, as the former typically has less […]

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I received a cute email today. It has the usual traits of bad spelling, incorrect information, and other amusements. I wonder if the ID badge is genuine, but I doubt the name matches the pictured individual. Received: from (unknown []) by [WITHHELD] (Postfix) with ESMTP id B85CF94065; Tue, 3 May 2016 04:16:57 +0200 (CEST) […]

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