I was catching up on podcasts yesterday and realised that Benedict Reuschling and Allan Jude had discussed my follow-up post about FreeBSD jails on episode 391! Better still, I made them both laugh, so mission accomplished :).

Allan mentioned that in addition to what I described, ZFS feature flags can be enabled for specific jails. I’ve been dealing with an issue where extended attributes aren’t being passed to Mac guests from a jail running Samba, but on the host they do. This might be an avenue of inquiry to check out.

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They gentleman also read how I used jails first and foremost for package management, with security being a useful side effect. Allan reminded us that this was the original use case for jails, which I didn’t know!

It was a bittersweet moment hearing Allan say we missed out on meeting again in Tokyo for AsiaBSDCon for the second year in a row. Our chats over breakfast and in the hallways at that conference were among the highlights of my life; hopefully as the world slowly starts to open up again we can grab a beer and talk servers again. I still would love to go to Canada and Europe for events there as well!

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