Installing Squid on ZFS

The recommended filesystem for Squid on OpenSolaris is ZFS: http://wiki.squid-cache.org/BestOsForSquid It is also recommended to disable the atime property on the filesystem holding the cache, and you may want to avoid using any type of RAID. To achieve this on…

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HOWTO Install and maintain free software easily under Solaris: pkg-get

This article was first written in August 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/161). pkg-get is somewhat a rewrite of the apt-get of to Sun’s Solaris. It is a script that uses wget and the pkg suite [1] of tools from…

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HOWTO Manually set NIC speed on Sun Solaris

This article was first written in July 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/143). Here is how to set manually speed and duplex parameters on network interfaces in Sun Solaris. Adding the following code (comment lines start with ‘*’) to…

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Running PostgreSQL on Solaris 8

This article was first written in February 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/107) The default values for Shared Memory in Sun’s Solaris (starting from 2.6, at least) are set too low to run. Here is how to change it…

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HOWTO Patch Solaris using Sun PatchPro 2.2

This article was first written in February 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/105) Here is HOWTO patch Sun’s Solaris using Sun PatchPro 2.2. It has been tested on Solaris 8/SPARC. login as root (you may want to use sudo…

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HOWTO Determine which application is listening on a network port under Solaris

This article is incomplete and was first written in July 2007 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/362). Netstat on Solaris (at least until 10 04/06) is not able to list which application is listening to which network ports but you…

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Sun Solaris

This article was first written in February 2006 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/326). Sun Solaris is probably today’s most-used UNIX OS around, probably due to its security and high-performance approach. It has been traditionally running mostly on SPARC, a…

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Sun Useful Links

This article was first written in June 2005 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/279). The following links proved to be really useful when dealing with Sun hardware and software: Sun BigAdmin SunFreeware OpenSolaris and of course: Sun

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HOWTO Netboot a Sun machine using RARP

This article was first written in June 2005 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/271). This article will explain how to netboot a Sun machine using RARP with a Debian/GNU Linux server. Install package rarpd: $ sudo apt-get install rarpd Configure…

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HOWTO Add journalization on a filesystem in Solaris

This article was first written in January 2005 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/202). Solaris supports journalization (aka logging) on UFS filesystems which allows for shorter reboot times after a crash. To activate it, it is really simple: Go edit…

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