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Things look quiet here. But I've been doing a lot of blogging at dan. Not all my posts there are FreeBSD related. Over the past few months, I've been getting more and more requests about what magazines do I read and what books do I use. Things everyone should read This is a collection of documents which you need to read. If you're installing or upgrading, read this first before you do anything else.

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You can usually find something in there which relates to your problem. Just search for it. Remember that you can limit the number of results; if you don't find it in the first 25 which is the default , try bumping up the number a bit. Many of the designations used by manufacturers and sellers to distinguish their products are claimed as trademarks.

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Table of ContentsPreface Getting Started Common Tasks System Administration Network Communication Obtaining FreeBSD Resources on the Internet PGP Keys FreeBSD Glossary List of Tables Sample Device Inventory Partition Layout for First Disk Partition Layout for Subsequent Disks FreeBSD 6. X and 7. Disk Device Codes Physical Disk Naming Conventions Vinum Plex Organizations Signal Names Wiring a Parallel Cable for Networking Reserved IPv6 addresses Working through this section re-quires little more than the desire to explore, and the ability to take on board new concepts as they are introduced.

Once you have traveled this far, the second, far larger, section of the Handbook is a comprehensive reference to allmanner of topics of interest to FreeBSD system administrators. Some of these chapters may recommend that you dosome prior reading, and this is noted in the synopsis at the beginning of each chapter. For a list of additional sources of information, please see Appendix B.


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Changes from the Third EditionThe current online version of the Handbook represents the cumulative effort of many hundreds of contributors overthe past 10 years. The printed edition grew to such a size that it was necessary to publish as two separate volumes. Some sections from Chapter 31, Advanced Networking, were moved here to improve the presentation. We feel that the topics are easier to comprehend when presented as a single chapter.

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A section on RAID both hardware and software has also been added. It is expected that the reader will follow these chapters in sequence, possibly skippingchapters covering familiar topics. This section, and all subsequent sections, can be read out of order.

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Each chapter begins with a succinctsynopsis that describes what the chapter covers and what the reader is expected to already know. This is meant to al-low the casual reader to skip around to find chapters of interest. The third section, System Administration, covers ad-ministration topics.

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The fourth section, Network Communication, covers networking and server topics. The fifth sec-tion contains appendices of reference information. Chapter 2, Installation Walks a user through the entire installation process. Some advanced installation topics, such as installing through a serial console, are also covered.

Chapter 6, Desktop Applications Lists some common desktop applications, such as web browsers and productivity suites, and describes how to install them on FreeBSD. Chapter 7, Multimedia Shows how to set up sound and video playback support for your system.

Also describes some sample audio and video applications. PrefaceChapter 8, Configuring the FreeBSD Kernel Explains why you might need to configure a new kernel and provides detailed instructions for configuring, building, and installing a custom kernel. Chapter 9, Printing Describes managing printers on FreeBSD, including information about banner pages, printer accounting, and initial setup.

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Chapter 11, Configuration and Tuning Describes the parameters available for system administrators to tune a FreeBSD system for optimum performance. Also describes the various configuration files used in FreeBSD and where to find them. Chapter 13, Users and Basic Account Management Describes the creation and manipulation of user accounts.

Also discusses resource limitations that can be set on users and other account management tasks. Chapter 15, Jails Describes the jails framework, and the improvements of jails over the traditional chroot support of FreeBSD. This includes physical disks, RAID arrays, optical and tape media, memory-backed disks, and network filesystems. Covers both system and application level localization.

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The bit you quote is saying that the output of a system message can appear on a "system console". I'm not a BSD person, but linux can have this same issue. A "system console" would be a non-graphical console i. TTY1 , like where the kernel boot messages are displayed.

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When a message is sent to the console to be displayed, it gets dumped out wherever the cursor currently is. This can be a major annoyance.

Consider the following example: Lets say you're using the vi editor, and currently the cursor is in the middle of the screen, and you're typing away. If a system message is sent to the console, it will be printed out exactly where your cursor is at. So the output of the message will obscure part of the file you're currently editing, making it difficult to read. This is done so that the message is seen right away. But sometimes what someone else deems as important isn't what you consider important, and so these messages can be a nuisance.