At Last: FreeNAS 0.684b is out

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I’ve found two little bugs just before release it, but it’s not very important bug:

  • When pressing Ctrl+Alt+ Del, the rc.shutdown script doesn’t work (

  • The French accent are not correctly displayed: I’ve have the character ‘e in the place of è and ^o in the place of ô.

I’ve added the QEMU image too (excellent free virtualization tools).

I will try to debug the FreeNAS AMD64 release one day too.

Still not resolved the file permission problem (I must improve my file permission knoledge under FreeBSD before).

My 5 years old PC is dying: I will try some iMac this week-end…

File permission problem

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Dan just found a bug on the ‘rev 688′ of FreeNAS:

Here are some command enter by a simple user (not root, not in the wheel group):

> mount
/dev/md0 on / (ufs, local)
devfs on /dev (devfs, local)
/dev/raid5/BigDiskp1 on /mnt/big_share (ufs, local, soft-updates, acls)
/dev/ad0s1 on /cf (ufs, local, read-only)
> ls -alh
total 20501
drwxrwxrwx 3 root wheel 512B Mar 27 23:36 .
drwxrwxrwx 3 root wheel 512B Mar 27 23:33 ..
drwxrwxr-x 2 root operator 512B Mar 26 23:54 .snap
-rw——- 1 root wheel 20M Mar 27 23:36 swap_file
> rm swap_file
override rw——- root/wheel for swap_file? y
> ls -alh
total 5
drwxrwxrwx 3 root wheel 512B Mar 27 23:55 .
drwxrwxrwx 3 root wheel 512B Mar 27 23:33 ..
drwxrwxr-x 2 root operator 512B Mar 26 23:54 .snap

Yes…. a simple user can delete a ’600′ file !
Then I try with system file:

> ls -alh /var/etc/master.passwd
-rw——- 1 root wheel 899B Mar 27 23:36 /var/etc/master.passwd
> rm /var/etc/master.passwd
override rw——- root/wheel for /var/etc/master.passwd? y
rm: /var/etc/master.passwd: Permission denied

Now I must found the difference between this two files…
Why can I delete the swap_file ??

0.684b is very close

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I’ve found the problem with openssh-portable : It seem that openssh-portable haven’t the same default value as the FreeBSD sshd implementation. It needs the line “PasswordAuthentication yes” on the sshd_config file.

And I’ve added some messages about umouting drive that are used by swap file or iSCSI target and other little fix and prevent to format “used in a software raid drive” disk.
Now the code seem ready for 0.684b ;-)

User documentation is updated about the last features added: Only one choice for UFS (screen shot updates), and permit to use an USB key for storing configuration when using FreeNAS CDROM.

I’ve tried the just created FreeNAS-amd64 release CDROM, but my QEMU crash when I boot the CDROM… there should be a bug somewhere on the with the amd64 release :-(

Successful booting my software modified XBOX with the FreeBSD release (xbox-6stable-20060821.iso) .But I’ve just seen that the XBOX have only 64MB of RAM… And FreenNAS need a minium of 96MB :-(

For solving this 64MB problem I think that I should add a new install process for hard drive: It should no more use the method as flash device (using a RAM drive), but being installed directly on the hard drive (this will permit to simplify user modification of FreeNAS too). But this task is complex and will not be planned for the 0.684b. pfSense seem to use this method: I should check their code. This install method will permit to create a real SWAP partition too (permit to solve the ‘not enough RAM’ for fsck problem).

I’ve meet a problem since I’ve replace mini_httpd with lighttpd (there is a long time) : On the exec.php page the output of some commands (help option or error message) are no more display, but are send to the error.log of lighttpd… Perhaps this problem is solved on the pfSense project.