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OpenIndiana Jones

So, after a bunch of research about building a DIY NAS, I decided to buy a whole bunch of hardware to do so. But, the real question was which software to use. FreeNAS seems to be the most popular solution, and I heard it was better than something called OpenFiler. Then I stumbled across NexentaStor, which is free for any NAS less than 18TB in size, which is fine for me. I was basically ready to go with that, but then I heard about OpenIndiana and the napp-it web gui. Basically, OpenIndiana is the result of OpenSolaris getting closed by Oracle. Since Oracle shut down the openness, the last open version of the operating system has been “sporked” into OpenIndiana. I just installed it in a VM, and I’m impressed, especially with the pool management of zfs.

But, being a hardcore Linux user for about 8 years, I’ve gotten used to certain things working a certain way. This post is just a little note to myself, and to others potentially, about what I didn’t like about the base install, and how I fixed it.


So, nicely, the machine comes with vim 7.2 installed, which is fantastic.  The problem is it’s in compatible mode by default.  Gotta shut that down.  Solaris apparently keeps the vimrc file hidden away in /usr, so we have to do this:

echo "set nocompatible" | sudo tee -a /usr/share/vim/vimrc

I also added the following lines for good measure to the same file using vim:

syntax on
set bg=dark
set ts=4
set sw=4

Now I have a real working copy of my favorite editor. That’s more than half-way to happiness for me. More to come.

Update: grep

So, now that I’m getting settled, I’ve been doing a bunch of shell work, and there’s something I noticed:

root@nyu:/etc # grep -R 2,2 *
grep: illegal option -- R 
Usage: grep -hblcnsviw pattern file . . .

That’s right – the default grep is crappy Solaris grep, not good old GNU grep! So, I checked it out, and the way to solve this is to use ggrep, which I will alias to grep, of course.

root@nyu:/etc # alias grep="ggrep"
root@nyu:/etc # grep 
Usage: ggrep [OPTION]... PATTERN [FILE]...
Try `ggrep --help' for more information.