This site is a collection of my notes about FreeBSD maintenance.

Initially it was just a bunch of several years old docs. But I put it together as this site in a hope that it will be useful to someone.

I constantly rewrite articles since then and at the moment all of the material is up to date.

-- ross


PS: Daemon Notes is now open for anyone to register and add his notes to my collection.


Thank you for this site! I learned a lot of interesting things here.
JsN, admin from Russia.
-- JsN
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:03:36
Thank you very-very much!

This is the only site, where is really nicely described my needs for email in freebsd - so, email virtual domains/users without any databases, etc. - simple password files. ;)

Please, keep up posting another brilliant, simple-to-use articles.

Great, thank you.
-- jomo
Monday, March 18, 2013, 15:38:05
Hey Ross,

I started FreeBSD when I was way old(39yrs in 2008) and cannot memorize a lot of things, but needs quick notes in doing routine task. I am from Ghana but moved down to South Africa in 2001 for a new life only to find out that I cannot work in the field I studied that is Physics, so I turn to RedHat LINUX and desktop support. I wasted 4 years in LINUX, then I discovered FreeBSD where I fell in love with it. I studied the whole book of Absolute FreeBSD and I love it that gave me the confidence and mastered the concept behind FreeBSD. Like most books it is academic, with your articles it helps the intermediate to advance user something very quick and precise on daily FreeBSD tasks to work with. Your articles absolutely great.

Thank you for your great work.
-- Edward Odonkor
Friday, July 12, 2013, 6:21:18
Hello Ross,

I'm 43 and just started using FreeBSD, which I found it more enjoyable than Linux!

I am stick on the font tweaking section where I attempted to patch the cleartype files.

This is the message kept coming up

Hmm... Looks like a unified diff to me...
The text leading up to this was:
|diff -Naur freetype- freetype-
|--- freetype- 2013-06-19 17:20:04.000000000 -0400
|+++ freetype- 2013-09-15 12:29:22.332178007 -0400
File to patch:

What am I suppose to do. Thanks.

-- Karl Roberts
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 17:47:06
cd /tmp
fetch daemon-notes.com/downloads/assets/patches/cleartype.tar.bz2
tar jxvf cleartype.tar.bz2

cd /usr/ports/print/freetype2
make extract
cd work/freetype-
patch -Np1 -i /tmp/cleartype/freetype-
patch -Np1 -i /tmp/cleartype/freetype-
patch -Np1 -i /tmp/cleartype/freetype-
patch -Np1 -i /tmp/cleartype/freetype-
patch -Np1 -i /tmp/cleartype/freetype-
cd ../..
make build deinstall reinstall clean

cd /usr/ports/graphics/cairo
make extract
cd work/cairo-1.10.2
patch -Np1 -i /tmp/cleartype/cairo-respect-fontconfig.patch
patch -Np1 -i /tmp/cleartype/cairo-9999-cleartype.patch
cd ../..
make build deinstall reinstall clean

rm -rf /tmp/cleartype*
-- ross
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9:15:16
Your second instruction above made me realize what I did wrong.

Thank you.
-- Karl Roberts
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 20:23:06
it would be great if you add an RSS feed
-- anonymous
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 20:22:27
This site is excellent and very helpful - many thanks!
-- Tom
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 20:36:07
Great site!

Thank you.
-- Felipe N. Oliva
Monday, March 3, 2014, 19:53:32
Terrific site. Lots of useful stuff and I refer to it frequently.
-- James
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 13:42:55
Thank you especially for your HPLIP Printing article! When used in conjunction with FreeBSD CUPS wiki, I was able to install and troubleshoot a functioning FreeBSD printing application. Great collection of written articles for any BSD computer enthusiast.
-- bookwormep
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 2:04:52