Server of Doom – Virtual Machine configuration

Having had some time to play with FreeBSD, I found out that I’d slightly messed up the installation: When I was setting the ZFS settings for the various filesystems making up the installation, where I should have typed:

# zfs create -o compression=lz4 -o exec=on -o setuid=off zroot/var/db/pkg

I actually typed:

# zfs create -o compression=lz4 -o exec=off -o setuid=off zroot/var/db/pkg

So, the /var/db/pkg directory had execution of files disabled, so installing things was failing. It took me a while to puzzle it out, but I got there in the end 🙂

Once I’d cleared up that typo, I started trying to get X11 working, which involved installing the virtualbox guest additions to enable the pointer integration. Then installing xorg, xfce4 and following the config pages in the Handbook:

pkg_add -r virtualbox-ose-additions xorg xfce4

So now I’ve got a graphical way of interacting with FreeBSD:

Screenshot from 2013-10-17 21:20:58

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