FreeBSD tips : Setting time and date

It’s definitely a good thing to have your system clock sync itself each time you reboot using a public NTP Timeserver. FreeBSD makes this a piece of cake.

First, you’ll want to make sure your timezone is set correctly. Check /usr/share/zoneinfo for the correct time zone file, and copy it to /etc/localtime. I.e.:

bash-2.05b# mv /usr/share/zoneinfo/zonefilehere /etc/localtime

Once you’ve done that, you will need to make sure your date and time are set within at least a few minutes of the current date and time. To do this, use the date command:

bash-2.05b# date 0408290000

The date is in YYMMDDHHMM format, the clock being a 24 hour and not 12 hour clock. To make sure the date looks correct before moving on, just type date in again:

bash-2.05b# date
Sun Aug 29 00:00:33 MDT 2004

Now that our timezone, date, and time are all set correctly, lets setup the NTP daemon to keep the system time synced-up.To do this, open /etc/rc.conf in your editor of choice, and add these lines:


Replace with a server from a public NTP timeserver list which is near you (by number of network hops, not necessarily physical location). You’ll need to Google for a list of these yourself. Voila!

Vim improved howto

VIM is the most useful standard text editor on your system. (vi is short for visual editor
and is pronounced “vee-eye.”
Unlike Emacs, it is available in nearly identical form on every modern Unix system, thus providing
a kind of text-editing

With a screen editor, you can scroll the page, move
the cursor, delete lines, insert characters, and more, while seeing the results of your
edits as you make them. Screen editors are very popular, since they allow you to make
changes as you read through a file, like you would edit a printed copy, only faster.


Quitting Without Saving Edits

When you are first learning vi, especially if you are an intrepid experimenter, there are
two other ex commands that are handy for getting out of any mess that you might create.
What if you want to wipe out all of the edits you have made in a session and then return
to the original file? The command:


To quit :


”The exclamation point added to the :e or :q command causes vi to override this prohibition, performing the operation
even though the buffer has been modified.”

Saving file

You can save in a new file

:w newfile or :w pathname/file

Delete a file :

:!rm file

Free space:


Shell commands :

:!ls /tmp
:!sh :!shell (For shell) – :exit to exit or CTRL+D CTRL+Z for background (fg + bg)

You try to write your file, but you get a message telling you that your disk quota has
been reached.
Try to force the system to save your buffer with the ex command :pre (short
for :preserve). If that doesn’t work, look for some files to remove. Use :sh (or
CTRL-Z if you are using a job-control system) to move out of vi and remove files.
Use CTRL-D (or fg) to return to vi when you’re done. Then write your file
with :w!.

vi Commands

vi has two modes: command mode and insert mode. As soon as you enter a file, you
are in command mode, and the editor is waiting for you to enter a command. Commands
enable you to move anywhere in the file, to perform edits, or to enter insert
mode to add new text. Commands can also be given to exit the file (saving or ignoring
your edits) in order to return to the Unix prompt.

Moving the Cursor

In command mode you can position the cursor anywhere in the file. Since you begin
all basic edits (changing, deleting, and copying text) by placing the cursor at the text
that you want to change, you want to be able to move the cursor to that place as quickly
as possible.

Single Movements

The keys h, j, k, and l, right under your fingertips, will move the cursor:

Left, one space
Down, one line
Up, one line
Right, one space

You can also use the cursor arrow keys ( ? , ? , ? , ? ), + and – to go up and down, or
the ENTER and BACKSPACE keys, but they are out of the way. At first, it may seem
awkward to use letter keys instead of arrows for cursor movement. After a short while,
though, you’ll find it is one of the things you’ll like best about vi—you can move around
without ever taking your fingers off the center of the keyboard.

Numeric Arguments

You can precede movement commands with numbers. For Ex command 4l moves the cursor four spaces to the right, just as if you had typed l four times

e.g 4l – 4 spaces to the right
4h – 4 spaces to the left
4k – 4 lines up
4j – 4 lines down

vi has an option that allows you to set a distance from
the right margin at which vi will automatically insert a newline character. This option
is wrapmargin (its abbreviation is wm). You can set a wrapmargin at 10 characters:

:set wm=10

Movement Within a Line

Two useful commands that involve movement within a line are:

0 (digit zero)
Move to beginning of line.
Move to end of line.

Line numbers can be displayed
in vi by using the number option, which is enabled by typing

:set nu in command mode

1). edit $HOME/.vimrc and add : set ts=4 (tab space, default is 8 )

FreeBSD: GRE Tunnels

And that was that!

or Lan :

FreeBSD : Install and configure Tripwire


Setup Tripwire (ref:
Edit the /etc/tripwire/twcfg.txt file to reflect the following:

EDITOR =/usr/bin/pico

Edit the /etc/tripwire/twpol.txt file to reflect the following:

Install/Setup (only once):


SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol

== Background ==

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an application layer protocol that facilitates the exchange of management information between network devices. It is part of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite. SNMP enables network administrators to manage network performance, find and solve network problems, and plan for network growth.

Two versions of SNMP exist: SNMP version 1 (SNMPv1) and SNMP version 2 (SNMPv2). Both versions have a number of features in common, but SNMPv2 offers enhancements, such as additional protocol operations. Standardization of yet another version of SNMP—SNMP Version 3 (SNMPv3)—is pending. This chapter provides descriptions of the SNMPv1 and SNMPv2 protocol operations. Figure 56-1 illustrates a basic network managed by SNMP.

This howto can be used on any UNIX distribution (BSD,Sunos…)

== Linux ==

I use Fedora 9 and Net-SNMP here are the packages you need:


To install all these and the dependencies : ”yum install net-snmp*”

To add the latest MIB copy GbESM-10Ub-SC.txt to the mibs directory /usr/share/snmp/mibs. Also in that dir there is a file named ”.index”, edit that file and add to the bottom if it : BLADE-ROOT-MIB GbESM-10Ub-SC.txt. Save and quit!

SNMP itself does not define which information (which variables) a managed system should offer. Rather, SNMP uses an extensible design, where the available information is defined by ”management information bases” (MIBs). MIBs describe the structure of the management data of a device subsystem; they use a hierarchical namespace containing object identifiers (OID). Each OID identifies a variable that can be read or set via SNMP.

=== snmptranslate ===

”’snmptranslate – translate MIB OID names between numeric and textual form”’

To get the OID from the MIB use the ”snmptranslate” tool.

snmptranslate -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -IR -On agCurDaylightSavings.0
snmptranslate -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -IR -On agSaveConfiguration.0

Where -m indicates snmptranslate to load mibs from the MIB directory ”/usr/share/snmp/mibs/”. The “+” tells to use that specific MIB. To specify all mibs use the ”ALL” param.

To view all the MIB structure:

snmptranslate -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -Tt -On
org(3) type=0
dod(6) type=0
internet(1) type=0
directory(1) type=0
mgmt(2) type=0
mib-2(1) type=0
system(1) type=0
sysDescr(1) type=2 tc=4 hint=255a
sysObjectID(2) type=1
sysUpTime(3) type=8
sysUpTimeInstance(0) type=0
sysContact(4) type=2 tc=4 hint=255a
sysName(5) type=2 tc=4 hint=255a
sysLocation(6) type=2 tc=4 hint=255a
sysServices(7) type=3
sysORLastChange(8) type=8 tc=14
sysORTable(9) type=0
sysOREntry(1) type=0
sysORIndex(1) type=3
sysORID(2) type=1
sysORDescr(3) type=2 tc=4 hint=255a
sysORUpTime(4) type=8 tc=14
interfaces(2) type=0
ifNumber(1) type=16
ifTable(2) type=0
ifEntry(1) type=0
ifIndex(1) type=16 tc=23 hint=d
ifDescr(2) type=2 tc=4 hint=255a
ifType(3) type=3 tc=20
ifMtu(4) type=16
ifSpeed(5) type=7
ifPhysAddress(6) type=2 tc=5 hint=1x:
ifAdminStatus(7) type=3
ifOperStatus(8) type=3
ifLastChange(9) type=8
ifInOctets(10) type=6
ifInUcastPkts(11) type=6
ifInNUcastPkts(12) type=6
ifInDiscards(13) type=6
ifInErrors(14) type=6
ifInUnknownProtos(15) type=6
ifOutOctets(16) type=6
ifOutUcastPkts(17) type=6
ifOutNUcastPkts(18) type=6
ifOutDiscards(19) type=6
ifOutErrors(20) type=6
ifOutQLen(21) type=7
ifSpecific(22) type=1
at(3) type=0
atTable(1) type=0
atEntry(1) type=0
atIfIndex(1) type=3
atPhysAddress(2) type=2 tc=57
atNetAddress(3) type=4
ip(4) type=0
ipForwarding(1) type=3
ipDefaultTTL(2) type=16
ipInReceives(3) type=6
ipInHdrErrors(4) type=6
ipInAddrErrors(5) type=6
ipForwDatagrams(6) type=6
ipInUnknownProtos(7) type=6

Print a graphical tree, rooted at the specified OID:

snmptranslate -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -Tp -OS

Dump a labeled form of all objects:

snmptranslate -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -Tl -OS

Show the path of a specific mib:

snmptranslate -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -Onf -IR hwPartNumber

View description of a MIB

snmptranslate -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -Td -OS

=== snmpwalk ===

”’snmpwalk – retrieve a subtree of management values using SNMP GETNEXT requests”’

snmpwalk -v 2c -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -c public alteon
SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = STRING: Nortel 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module
BladeCenter OFM with Nortel/BNT Extensions, Non Stack
SNMPv2-MIB::sysObjectID.0 = OID: BLADE-ROOT-MIB::gbESM-1-10U-L2L3-SM
DISMAN-EVENT-MIB::sysUpTimeInstance = Timeticks: (9295200) 1 day, 1:49:12.00
SNMPv2-MIB::sysContact.0 = STRING: test
SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = STRING: rizzo
SNMPv2-MIB::sysLocation.0 = STRING:
SNMPv2-MIB::sysServices.0 = INTEGER: 6

As you can see snmpwalk extracts values from a specific device using the ”BLADE-ROOT-MIB” mib. Also you can specify a subtree, e.g:

snmpwalk -v 2c -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -c public alteon system
SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = STRING: Nortel 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module
BladeCenter OFM with Nortel/BNT Extensions, Non Stack
SNMPv2-MIB::sysObjectID.0 = OID: BLADE-ROOT-MIB::gbESM-1-10U-L2L3-SM
DISMAN-EVENT-MIB::sysUpTimeInstance = Timeticks: (9309000) 1 day, 1:51:30.00
SNMPv2-MIB::sysContact.0 = STRING: test
SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = STRING: rizzo
SNMPv2-MIB::sysLocation.0 = STRING:
SNMPv2-MIB::sysServices.0 = INTEGER: 6

..or even other subtree..

snmpwalk -v 2c -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -c public alteon system.sysName.0
SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = STRING: rizzo

..or you can specify an OID (which you`ll get from the snmptranslate tool)

snmpwalk -v 2c -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -c public alteon .
SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = STRING: rizzo

From snmpwalk man page:

-Cc Do not check whether the returned OIDs are increasing. Some agents (LaserJets are an example) return OIDs out of order, but can complete the walk anyway. Other agents return OIDs that are out of order and can cause snmpwalk to loop indefinitely. By default, snmpwalk tries to detect this
behavior and warns you when it hits an agent acting illegally. Use -Cc to turn off this check.

-Ci Include the given OID in the search range. Normally snmpwalk uses GETNEXT requests starting with the OID you specified and returns all results in the MIB subtree rooted at that OID. Sometimes, you may wish to include the OID specified on the command line in the printed results if it is a
valid OID in the tree itself. This option lets you do this explicitly.

-CI In fact, the given OID will be retrieved automatically if the main subtree walk returns no useable values. This allows a walk of a single instance to behave as generally expected, and return the specified instance value. This option turns off this final GET request, so a walk of a single instance will return nothing.

-Cp Upon completion of the walk, print the number of variables found.

-Ct Upon completion of the walk, print the total wall-clock time it took to collect the data (in seconds). Note that the timer is started just before the beginning of the data request series and stopped just after it finishes. Most importantly, this means that it does not include snmp library
initialization, shutdown, argument processing, and any other overhead.

=== snmpset ===
”’snmpset – communicates with a network entity using SNMP SET requests”’

From man page:

The TYPE is a single character, one of:

Some examples :

To save the configuration on the switch :

snmpset -v 2c -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -c private alteon agSaveConfiguration.0 i 2
BLADE-ROOT-MIB::agSaveConfiguration.0 = INTEGER: saveActive(2)

and the switch console will print :

Or to apply the config :

snmpset -v 2c -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -c private alteon agApplyConfiguration.0 i 2
BLADE-ROOT-MIB::agApplyConfiguration.0 = INTEGER: apply(2)

=== snmpdelta ===

”’snmpdelta – Monitor delta differences in SNMP Counter values”’

Real traffic..

snmpdelta -v 2c -m +BLADE-ROOT-MIB -Cs -c public alteon IP-MIB::ipInDelivers.0 IP-MIB::ipOutRequests.0

[14:50:42 10/2] IP-MIB::ipInDelivers.0 /1 sec: 7
[14:50:42 10/2] IP-MIB::ipOutRequests.0 /1 sec: 8
[14:50:43 10/2] IP-MIB::ipInDelivers.0 /1 sec: 3
[14:50:43 10/2] IP-MIB::ipOutRequests.0 /1 sec: 4

..and so on.

SNMP uses 2 communities one for read (public) and one for read (private).

== Windows ==
=== SNMPc ===
=== iReasoning MIB Browser ===

== Links ==

* [ Description of the SNMP packet breakdown]
* [ SNMP FAQ part 1]
* [ SNMP FAQ part 2]
* [ SNMP products and technical articles]
* [ Cisco’s description of SNMP and how to use in their products]
* [ Articles by SNMP Research]
* [ SNMP: Simple? Network Management Protocol]
* [ Emnico SNMP MIB Library: A comprehensive collection of SNMP MIBs]
* [ SNMP v1, v2, and v3 Message Protocol Handy Reference (pdf)]