Tech drama. A OpenBSD [paranoid] user.

Was released on October 20, 2022. This is the 53rd release. See the current changelog

On the 21st of April, 2022 the 52nd release of OpenBSD was released.

More information and the changelog

This is easy, man pages in OpenBSD are essential. Would it not be great to easily colourize certain commands and directories, files? Like in your editor of choice? This is what I prefer. Not for everybody.

To install most run the next command.

doas pkg_add most

Next add most as your pager like this.

export PAGER="most"

Add this to your shell file, for example: .zshrc

And done. (:

Last night I detected that my / partion on OpenBSD was full. I found out that my two devices sd0 (the SSD with RAID) and sd1 (The encrypted disk used under sd0) took up more space then it supposed to, they where 811MB each and filling up my 1G root partition and thus my system was almost unusable. Of course I have 9 partitions in total, plus swap. The root partition is default to 1G during the install but when the dev-nodes take up so much space for a reason unknown to me, I had trouble.

So what I did was booting into to bsd.rd kernel during boot: > boot bsd.rd

Entered the shell after boot.

# cd /dev # sh MAKEDEV sd0 sd1

I use GPT initialize the drives: # fdisk -iy -g -b 960 sd0 # fdisk -iy -g -b 960 sd1

Then I used disklabel

# disklabel -E sd1 > Label editor (enter '?' for help at any prompt)

sd1> d b This deletes the swap. Assuming swap is the b-partition.

sd1*> m a This modifies the a-partition.

offset: [1024] Leave as is.

size: [10489408] 2G Decide new new size for the root partition.

FS type: [4.2BSD] Leave as is.

Now let's recreate the swap space. sd1*> a b

offset: [10490432] At the end of partition a.

size: [8646336] The rest for swap.

FS type: [swap] Leave as is.

sd1> q To quit and save changes.

Now it's time to grow the partition via the command growfs(8)

# growfs sd1a

And run fsck. # fsck /dev/sd1a

now reboot and hopefully your / is now usable and bigger :–)

The upgrade process built in for OpenBSD is an awesome tool.

For years I have been using Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. It’s been fine, but I am trying to step away from Big Tech companies and since all of the above are Facebook owned and managed by the mother load Facebook. It had to go. Facebook I used mostly back in college, it was convenient for messaging friends and arranging meet-ups and what not. After college I used it for a couple of more years than I had anticipated, sometimes it is hard to cleanse a habit.

The biggest problem is that almost all of my friends use FB-related software and services without even considering the downsides.

To be continued..

I use brew to install command line applications on my new shiny M1 Mac. Since neovim is not yet available for the M1's I had to fork the HEAD-branch.

Do it like this: brew install --HEAD tree-sitter brew install --HEAD luajit brew install --HEAD neovim

It might brake during the install of tree-sitter, but just build rust and whatever it complains about. After this everything worked out fine.

In times like this, when the corona pandemic hits hard and lot. You might invite friends over for work or play. And when friends are over, there is always a need to share your Wi-Fi, I mean what else are you supposed to do?

But what do you do when you don't want to say your passphrase to all of your friends and neighbours. You can of course share your access point and passphrase with a QR-code. Isn't that fantastic? So how do you do that? Well, it's real easy.

First of all you need to install the application: qrencode This is installed by issuing the following commands: OpenBSD: $ pkg_add libqrencode

Void Linux: $ xbps-install -S qrencode

Arch Linux/Manjaro/etc: $ pacman -S qrencode

Debian/Ubuntu/etc: $ apt install qrencode

Then you have to use a specific format like this: WIFI:S:{SSID};T:{WPA};P:{passphrase};;

On Linux or equivalent system: qrencode -o - -t utf8 'WIFI:S:HomeNetwork;T:WPA;P:ThisismylongpassphrasethatevenIcantremember;;'

There is a template for building (not for musl) it from source in void-packages. I never tried the official binary.

# git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/void-linux/void-packages

# cd void-packages

# ./xbps-src binary-bootstrap

# echo XBPS_ALLOW_RESTRICTED=yes >> etc/conf

# ./xbps-src pkg MEGAsync

$ xbps-install --repository=hostdir/binpkgs MEGAsync

And when Megasync is updated or you do a full $ xbps-install -Su you need to build Megasync from the sources again.

I am really impressed with the new upgrade process in OpenBSD. It's called 'sysupgrade' – “upgrade system to the next release or a new snapshot”.

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