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<h1>NetBSD on SDF VPS</h1>
<li><a href="#basics">Basics</a></li>
<li><a href="#networking">Networking</a></li>
<li><a href="#pkgsrc">pkgsrc</a></li>
<li><a href="#references">References</a></li>
<h2 id="basics">Basics</h2>
<p>Upon logging in to your VPS for the first time, one of the first
things you will want to do is change the default root password
by typing <code>passwd</code> at the prompt. Don't forget this
password as there is currently no way to recover it.</p>
<p>It is customary on UNIX systems for the system clock to be set
to UTC. To set the local time zone, find your zone file in
<code>/usr/share/zoneinfo/</code> and link to it at
<code>/etc/localtime</code> as follows:</p>
<pre>ln -fs /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Helsinki /etc/localtime
<p>It is also a good habit to create a regular user account for
working, using <code>su</code> to obtain root privileges as needed.
To create a regular user account which is part of the administrative
<code>wheel</code> group:</p>
<pre>adduser -m -G wheel &lt;username&gt;
<p>This user will be in the <code>wheel</code> group and will be able
to perform administrative tasks by runing <code>su</code> to obtain
superuser privileges using the root password.</p>
<h2 id="networking">Networking</h2>
<p>In your control panel at vps.sdf.org, note YOUR_IP
(e.g. on the top line, and YOUR_HOSTNAME
(e.g. netbsd99).</p>
<p>Start your server, and log in via the console. (default= root:root)</p>
<p>Open /etc/rc.conf in an editor and, replacing the text YOUR_HOSTNAME and YOUR_IP with
your own actual host name and IP number, add:</p>
ifconfig_xennet0="inet YOUR_IP netmask 0xffffff00"
<p>Then put this in /etc/resolv.conf:</p>
<p>Add this to /etc/hosts:</p>
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<pre>hostname -s YOUR_HOSTNAME.sdf.org
<pre>/etc/rc.d/network restart.
<h2 id="pkgsrc">pkgsrc</h2>
<p>On NetBSD you can now mount a pre-build (and still in progress)
pkgsrc DESTDIR.
Following the procedures below will effectively install the 2000+ included
packages on your virtual NetBSD system.</p>
<p>Note that at the moment the pre-built pkgsrc assumes that its path is
/images/pkg_neb501 - otherwise some programs won't work (will not be
able to use their shared libraries). The instructions below will show
how to make this work.</p>
<pre>mkdir -p /images/pkg_neb501
rmdir /usr/pkg
ln -s /images/pkg_neb501 /usr/pkg
rm -rf /var/db/pkg
ln -s /images/pkg_neb501/db/pkg /var/db/pkg
mount -t nfs /images/pkg_neb501
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/pkg/bin:/usr/pkg/sbin
<p>It is read only.</p>
<p>To set this up on boot:</p>
<pre>mkdir -p /images/pkg_neb501
rmdir /usr/pkg
ln -s /images/pkg_neb501 /usr/pkg
rm -rf /var/db/pkg
ln -s /images/pkg_neb501/db/pkg /var/db/pkg
<td style="border-left: 1px dotted black;">(These commands are only necessary if you <em>didn't</em> execute the procedure above.)</td>
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echo "nfs_client=YES" >> /etc/rc.conf
echo "rpcbind=YES" >> /etc/rc.conf
echo " vps" >> /etc/hosts
echo "vps:/images/pkg_neb501 /images/pkg_neb501 nfs ro" >> /etc/fstab
echo "export PATH=$PATH:/usr/pkg/bin:/usr/pkg/sbin" >> /etc/profile
<p>Note that you cannot use both this pre-build pkgsrc and pre-built
packages from netbsd.org - it may be possible to set the system up
so you can, however this is best left to the experienced NetBSD
<h2 id="references">References</h2>
<li><a href="http://www.netbsd.org/docs/guide/en/">The NetBSD Guide</a></li>
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