Rackspace Cloud Server :: FreeBSD 9.0 to 9.1 Upgrade

After several attempts and paying extreme attention to what was happening I have come up with the following directions to upgrade from FreeBSD 9.0 to FreeBSD 9.1 on a Rackspace Cloud Server.

Note: If these directions are not followed exactly than you may end up with a still running FreeBSD 9.0 kernel, see “uname -a” to check, or a non-booting system due to the ZFS error, “The kernel fails to mount a ZFS root filesystem with error 2.”

  1. Login as root
  2. cd /root
  3. cp /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf/XENHVM /root/XENHVM
  4. ftp ftp.freebsd.org://pub/FreeBSD/releases/amd64/amd64/9.0-RELEASE/src.txz
  5. tar -C / -xvzf src.txz
  6. /usr/sbin/freebsd-update -r 9.1-RELEASE upgrade
  7. /usr/sbin/freebsd-update install
  8. cp /root/XENHVM /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf/XENHVM
  9. cd /usr/src
  10. make buildkernel KERNCONF=XENHVM
  11. make installkernel KERNCONF=XENHVM
  12. shutdown -r now
  13. Login as root
  14. cd /root
  15. /usr/sbin/freebsd-update install
  16. cp /root/XENHVM /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf/XENHVM
  17. cd /usr/src
  18. make buildkernel KERNCONF=XENHVM
  19. make installkernel KERNCONF=XENHVM
  20. shutdown -r now
  21. Hard Reboot

To download a copy of the instructions click on:  Rackspace FreeBSD Upgrade

Need direct help?  Contact us at Sequential Logic.

Simple Joomla/MySQL Setup Issue

Recently I had someone contact me about receiving an error message from a Joomla installation. The receiving the following error:

Error creating data base: Table ‘myjoomladatabase.v96bu_menu’


After some research I found the issue was a combination of:

1) Joomla’s table creation statements do not include a storage engine.

2) The MySQL server is defaulted to utilize the “InnoDB” storage engine.


When trying to create the “_menu” table manually I received the following from MySQL:

ERROR 1709 (HY000): Index column size too large. The maximum column size is 767 bytes.

This can be remedied easily by either:

 1) Adding “SET default_storage_engine=MYISAM;” to the top of any sql files creating tables in the installation.
 2) Adding ” STORAGE ENGINE=MYISAM ” to each table creation statement where the table will not create.
In looking at Joomla’s website I have yet to find any easy way to contact anyone without registering for their website first. I would suggest they change their table creation statements to include a storage engine as follows:


Joomla can be found at http://www.joomla.org/

MySQL can be found at http://www.mysql.com/

Doctor Who / Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Crossover

Currently I’ve been rewatching all of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from the beginning to the end on Netflix.

During my watching I’ve noticed a defense attorney played by actress Alex Kingston. The same Alex Kingston who plays River Song in Doctor Who.

What makes this more interesting is that the character River Song in Doctor Who has a mother who’s name is Amy Pond and her characters name in Law & Order:SVU is named Miranda Pond!

Coincidence? Or maybe River Song did a stint as a legal defense attorney in New York?

Is it possible that Doctor Who and Law & Order are not linked? Either by River Song workings on a defense attorney or could Law & Order just be called an alternate reality?

You decide.

Justice League (20110831) # 1

Justice League (2011) #1

This was the first comic of DC Comics — The New 52 re-launch. Justice League (2011) #1 came out in both print and digital on the same day.

To quote the description from DC’s Website:

“Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!”


Reply to: [Netflix Blog] An Explanation and Some Reflections

E-Mail sent to Reed Hastings @ Netflix in reply to http://blog.netflix.com/2011/09/explanation-and-some-reflections.html


As a professional in computers (Internet, Servers, Workstations, Website Programming, etc) for over 15 years now I do not understand why the ratings will be separated unless Netflix and Qwikster will not be sister companies and owned by two completely different entities.
It certainly would be fairly easy to keep these ratings under one account and then have sub accounts for Netflix Streaming and Quikster Mailing under it.

Additionally, it would be nice if we could rate individual episodes of TV shows (and maybe even track content on a DVD).

On a note of naming: isn't anyone worried that calling it Qwikster is too close to Quickstar (from the owners of Amway)?