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Frequently Asked Questions


This FAQ is supplemental documentation to the man pages, available both in the installed system and online. The FAQ covers the active release of OpenBSD, currently v5.6. There are likely features and changes to features in the development version (-current) of OpenBSD that are not covered in the FAQ.

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The FAQ is available in text form as well:  OpenBSD FAQ  PF User's Guide

My mission is to make it up into /src/lib/libssl/. There's a library up there that's gone insane. I'm supposed to fix it.


1 - Introduction to OpenBSD

Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted secure transmissions, and for my sins, they gave me OpenSSL.

2 - Getting to know OpenBSD

It was a bug. And the more I saw them, the more I hated bugs.

3 - Getting started with OpenBSD

It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what Heartbleed means.

4 - OpenBSD 5.6 Installation Guide

I hardly said a word to the installer, until I said "yes" to ntpd(8).

5 - Building the System from Source

Are you a user?
I'm a hacker

6 - Networking

I was going to the worst place in the Internet, and I didn't even know it yet.

7 - Keyboard and Display Controls

Terminal the kernel?

8 - General Questions

They train administrators to run secure systems. But their managers won't allow them to demand SSH keys and secure applications because it is "difficult".

9 - Migrating to OpenBSD

We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Penguin after penguin.

10 - System Management

kill -9 with extreme prejudice.

11 - The X Window System

What do you think?
It's beautiful!
What's the matter with you? You're acting kinda weird!
Hey, you know that last sysctl I was saving? I set it.
Far out!

12 - Hardware and Platform-Specific Questions

Why are all you guys running on all this hardware?
So we don't get our endians blown off!

13 - Multimedia

I love the smell of burning CDs in the morning.

14 - Disk Setup

fdisk and disklabel are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared.

15 - The OpenBSD packages and ports system

Java don't surf!

PF User's Guide

If I say it's safe to surf this Internet, Captain, then it's safe to surf this Internet!

Commonly Encountered Issues

Someday this FAQ will end.

Recent Updates

You understand, Captain, that this FAQ does not exist, nor will it ever exist...

The FAQ maintainers, following principles of honesty and idealism and where you can stuff them both, are Nick Holland and Stuart Henderson.
Past contributors include Steven Mestdagh, Joel Knight, Eric Jackson, Wim Vandeputte and Chris Cappuccio.

Questions and comments regarding this FAQ may be directed to [email protected]. General questions about OpenBSD should be directed to the appropriate mail list.

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The bugs piled up so fast in OpenSSL, you needed wings to stay above it.