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Date:      Thu, 17 Nov 2005 09:22:42 -0500
From:      "Steve Bertrand" <>
To:        "'Lonnie Cumberland'" <>
Cc:        'FreeBSD Questions' <>
Subject:   RE: starting services?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000001c5eb7d$240a47a0$d1c88a45@picklepie>

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> I have just installed the Samba3 via the packages in the 
> /stand/sysinstall but am not clear on how to start the 
> daemon.  I have had a lot of experience with Linux but have 
> not learned a lot about FreeBSD yet and am working on it.

If Samba is all config'ed and ready to roll, I recall the startup
command was simply:

# /path/to/installation/smbd -D

...and the name service:

# /path/to/installation/nmbd -D run it in daemon mode.

> Also, I have been watching the threads on some hackers 
> breaking into someone's system through PHP and am wondering 
> about how secure FreeBSD really is compared to various 
> default installs of Linux. Not to start a comparison battle, 
> but I just wanted to try to find out a little more about the 
> basic security of FreeBSD as we are looking to use it in a 
> production service.

That particular thread apparently was dealing with a breach through PHP.
Since the inherent nature of a web server is to provide full access to
everyone, it's an easy target to probe for vulns. IMHO, FreeBSD was not
at fault here (at least not entirely). It really depends on the
particular setup etc, etc ad-infinitum.

I will not comment on Linux at all, because I've only touched it a
couple times, but if you want scalable, reliable, dependable, rock-solid
performance in production, I'd give FBSD a try for certain. No matter
what system you run, unless it has no cables attached and is locked in a
vault, there will always be the potential for a break-in.


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