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FreeNAS is NASty! and not in a good way

Thought I would try FreeNAS http://www.freenas.org/ , which is a BSD Unix derivative. In a previous post, “Playing with Linux” https://fccomputing.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/playing-with-linux/ I had mentioned FreeNAS and the difficulty in getting an ISO downloaded that wasn’t corrupt. So I noticed that MaximumPC magazine had a copy of FreeNAS on CD in the mag and a pretty good writeup on how to do things with it.

First problem was “run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after 60 seconds for xpt_action” and still waiting and so on. I had to disable the FireWire (1394) and USB ports to get it to load (see https://fccomputing.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/run_interrupt_driven_hooks-still-waiting-error-fix/ for a detailed explanation of how to do this).  I had to dig out an old mouse and keyboard to replace the USB ones to go on. Now, FreeNAS is intended to run without keyboard, mouse, or monitor hooked up to it (via web GUI) but it is an irritation to have to take a backwards step to install it.

Then I went through the config per the magazine and this thing is fairly nasty! I got it to work but I can’t recommend it for a casual user at all. There are a lot of functions and it looks like a lot of capability, but it’s probably extreme overkill for a home user. Just load up Linux Mint http://www.linuxmint.com/ , install Samba https://fccomputing.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/setting-up-samba-on-linux/  , and BOOM, you have the same basic capability (file sharing, backups, music streaming) in a MUCH easier operating system. 

Now all I need is a webGUI that will work with Mint on a remote box.


4 Responses to “FreeNAS is NASty! and not in a good way”

  1. […] This blog has been getting a lot of hits on “run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after 60 seconds for xpt_action”, which I mentioned in my entry on FreeNAS https://fccomputing.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/freenas-is-nasty-and-not-in-a-good-way/ […]

  2. i know that this is kind of an old post, and you probably have found a browser-based gui already, but if not, try ‘webmin’.

    they have .deb .rpm etc. files on their site, ever source code iirc. it’s a pretty nice way to remotely configure your linux/unix box and it uses https.


  3. Thanks for the reminder, I normally disable non-essential ports anyways to free up resources, serial/parallel and the like, but I’d forgotten to disable the Firewire ports and couldn’t remember what caused this issue. One thing I’ve found is I do NOT have to disable any USB, only Firewire, though one post I read mentioned that USB card readers might cause issues, I don’t have any of those in my system, so perhaps that was your issue that required you to disable both? Otherwise FreeNAS makes a KICK ASS download/storage server for me, does torrents and newsgroups and FTP and Samba oh my.

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