as I’m installing FreeBSD boxes and VMs left and right, I typically do some initial setup before doing anything else. while some use cases call for additional ports to be installed (like bird or routinator), there’s pretty standard “intro”.
first, make sure the packages themselves are up to date:
sed -i '' s/quarterly/latest/g /etc/pkg/FreeBSD.conf pkg upgrade
this will trigger initial
then, it’s my personal minimum set of packages:
pkg install htop bmon mtr-nox11 screen wget doas git-lite
as ZFS is only filesystem you should be using ( ;) ) and this is not some NAS system, I typically disable access time marking to speed up VM filesystem operations a bit:
zfs set atime=off zroot
next step is checking out latest 13-STABLE source files:
git clone -b stable/13 --depth 1 https://git.freebsd.org/src.git /usr/src
then I have my own set of template files I’m using - you’re free to use them as well. assuming you’re doing this as root (not really recommended), or you’ll use
doas before copying to
/etc/ and below:
cd ~ git clone https://github.com/lukasz-bromirski/freebsd-templates.git cd freebsd-templates cp sysctl.conf ntp.conf make.conf src.conf /etc/ cp server /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf/ service ntpd restart sysctl -f /etc/sysctl.conf
note… they have specific set of defaults or choices, and I’m not sure if yours would be the same. before copying anything to your system, make sure you understand what you’re doing.
at this point you can choose to rebuild your FreeBSD system from files checked out before. or do whatever you want - it’s your system, and mighty FreeBSD OS :)