FreeBSD Commands


adduser # wrapper script to add users chsh # change user shell and other info pw groupadd teamtwo # add a group to the system pw groupmod teamtwo -m <username> # add a user to a group /etc/group # file to edit groups manually id # show group membership for current user

System Configuration

cat /var/run/dmesg.boot # show boot log with info about disks and pci devices kenv # show bios, board and chassi info (dump from kernel env) pciconf -l -cv # show info about PCI devices of the machine camcontrol devlist -v # list of attached ATA devices ifconfig # show and configure network interface parameters sysctl # tool to show/set all system/kernel coniguration variables sysctl -a # show all stystem/kernel configuration variables sysctl hw # show hardware related info and settings sysctl net # show all network related info and settings sysctl hw.model # show CPU model sysctl net.inet.tcp.delayed_ack=0 # disable delayed ack in tcp

System Statistics

top # display and update information about the top cpu processes ps auxwww | grep <processname> # display process status systat -vmstat 1 # show general overview of load, memory, interrupts, disk io systat -iostat 1 # show disk throughput systat -ifstat 1 # show network throughput for all interfaces systat -netstat 1 # show netstat output but automatically refreshed systat -tcp 1 # show tcp statistics


zfs list # list all zfs datasets (volumes) zfs snapshot <pool>/<dataset>@<name> # generic way of creating a snapshot of a dataset in a storage pool zfs snapshot -r tank@2014021301 # create a snapshot of all datasets in the pool "tank" zfs rollback <pool>/<dataset>@name # rollback of a dataset to a given snapshot zfs destroy <pool>/<dataset> # destroy a dataset / remove it from the pool zfs destroy <pool>/<dataset>@name # destroy a snapshot zfs set <key>=<val> <pool>/<dataset> # generic way of setting options on a given dataset zfs set compression=lz4 tank/var/log # enable LZ4 compression on /var/logs zfs get compressratio <pool>/<dataset> # show the current compression ratio of a dataset zfs send -R tank@snapshot | \ # send all datasets@snapshot recursively to another host ssh root@[IP] zfs recv -F tank zfs unmount <pool>/<dataset> # unmount a zfs dataset zfs upgrade -r <pool> # upgrade all volumes in the pool (technically its the root volume e.g. tank) zpool status # show health info about currently imported ZFS storage pools zpool scrub # check all written blocks for consistency zpool iostat -v tank # show more information about the pool including log devices zpool add <pool> mirror <dev1> <dev1> # add two disks as mirror to a storage pool zpool remove <pool> <device> # remove single devices or mirror sets from the storage pool zpool upgrade <pool> # upgrade the storage pool to latest version




portsnap fetch # fetch the latest portfiles portsnap update # update the portfiles on disk with the previously fetched portfiles portsnap update -p /usr/jails/basejail/usr/ports # update ports tree for jails whereis # show the directory of the portfile cd /usr/ports/*/ # find the parent directory of a given portname locate | grep ports # manual way of searching for ports cd && make install # compile and install a port cd && make config # re-run configuration of a port when available


pkg search # search for binary packages pkg install # install binary package and its dependencies pkg info # show list of currently installed ports/packages with version info pkg version # show which ports/packages are outdated and need an update pkg upgrade # upgrade a packages pkg which # find out which package installed a given file ```


service -l # list all available services service -e # list all enabled services service <servicename> status # show the status of the service with the given servicename service <servicename> start # start the service with the given servicename service <servicename> stop # stop the service with the given servicename service <servicename> restart # restart the service with the given servicename service <servicename> reload # reload the configuration of the service with the given servicename


ifconfig <iface> inet <ip/mask> # configure IP address on interface ifconfig <iface> inet <ip/mask> alias # configure IP address alias on interface ifconfig <iface> del <ip> # remove IP address from interface route add -net default <gw_ip> # add default route route add -net <ip/mask> <gw_ip> # add a custom route for given network /etc/rc.d/netif restart && \ # restart networking and routing after changing the configuration /etc/rc.d/routing restart without rebooting. Execute in tmux or screen session netstat -rn # display routing table netstat -an # display all connections netstat -m # display buffer usage netstat -Lan # display status of listen queues netstat -s # display extensive statistics per protocol (use -p tcp to only show tcp) sysctl kern.ipc.numopensockets # display number of open sockets vmstat -z | egrep "ITEM|tcpcb" # number of hash table buckets to handle incoming tcp connections increase net.inet.tcp.tcbhashsize if hitting the limit sysctl net.inet.tcp.hostcache.list # display current content of hostcache with its parameters per IP


pfctl -si # show current state table and counters (useful for tuning) pfctl -s state # show current content of state table


ipsec start # start VPN and establish (auto=start) VPN connections setkey -D # show extensive Kernel information about current connections setkey -DP # show more condensed connection information ipsec statusall [conn] # show returns detailed status information either on connection or all connections if no name is provided ipsec leases # show current leases from virtual IP address pool ipsec rereadsecrets # flushes and rereads all secrets defined in ipsec.secrets ipsec rereadall # flushes and rereads all secrets defined in ipsec.secrets as well as all certificates and and certificate revocation lists ipsec update # sends a HUP signal to the daemon that determines any changes in ipsec.conf and updates the configuration on the running IKE daemon charon ipsec reload # sends a USR1 signal to the daemon that reloads the whole configuration on the running IKE daemon charon based on the actual ipsec.conf ipsec restart # terminates all ipsec connections, sends a TERM signal to the daemon and restarts it afterwards ipsec stroke up [conn] # initiate connection [conn] ipsec stroke down [conn] # terminate connection [conn]


ezjail-admin start|stop # start and stop all the jails ezjail-admin start|stop <JID>|<hostname># start and stop individual jail ezjail-admin list # list all the jails on the host system ezjail-admin console <JID>|<hostname> # open root shell into jail ezjail-admin create -f exmaple <hostname> <IP> # create a new jail ezjail-admin delete -w hostname # delete the jail (in case you use zfs also delete the volume)

Common sysctl's to set

``` hw.usb.noshutdownwait=1 # don't wait for USB devices when shutting down (if your system hangs when

kern.maxfiles=204800 # Increase file descriptor limits
kern.maxfilesperproc=200000 ```