This chapter describes the basic procedure when the system is booted and ready for use.

We will also point out sources of information that may be helpful for those unfamiliar with Unix-like operating systems, and for those with experience using other Unix-like operating systems.

Login for the first time

Log in as root

Once FuguIta has finished booting, you will be presented with the OpenBSD operating system login screen.
At first, only the superuser account can log in, so enter ``root at the ``login: prompt, and enter the password you set at startup at the ``Password:'' prompt.

OpenBSD/amd64 (fugu-demo.localnet) (tty00)

login: root
OpenBSD 7.2-stable (RDROOT.MP) #28: Fri Feb  3 11:29:19 JST 2023

Welcome to FuguIta, the OpenBSD-based live system.

FuguIta aims to help popularize OpenBSD operating system by making it easier
to get started with.

For information on FuguIta's specific features and how to use them, please
refer to the documentation on

If you have any questions or suggestions for FuguIta, please send an email to
me or post a message to's message board.
Please feel free to contact me.

Yoshihiro Kawamata ,

You have new mail.

If the login is successful, the shell prompt "fugu-demo#" will be displayed and commands can be executed.
As an example, let's run the command ps.

fugu-demo# ps -aux
root     68528  3.6  0.1   868   884 00  Sp      6:51AM    0:01.89 -ksh (ksh)
root         1  0.0  0.1   884   532 ??  I       6:40AM    0:01.68 /sbin/init
root     14453  0.0  0.1   792   644 ??  Ip      6:43AM    0:00.47 /sbin/slaacd
_slaacd  53995  0.0  0.1   812   784 ??  Ip      6:43AM    0:00.81 slaacd: engi
_slaacd  33982  0.0  0.1   800   732 ??  Ip      6:43AM    0:00.81 slaacd: fron
root     55401  0.0  0.1   712   548 ??  IU      6:44AM    0:00.17 dhclient: em
_dhcp    78950  0.0  0.1   840   700 ??  Ip      6:44AM    0:00.10 dhclient: em
root     86344  0.0  0.2   520  2184 ??  IpU     6:46AM    0:00.64 syslogd: [pr
_syslogd 45328  0.0  0.1  1128  1488 ??  Sp      6:46AM    0:01.04 /usr/sbin/sy
root     73380  0.0  0.1   836   584 ??  IU      6:46AM    0:00.27 pflogd: [pri
_pflogd  53476  0.0  0.1   876   540 ??  Sp      6:46AM    0:02.97 pflogd: [run
_ntp     63935  0.0  0.3  1016  2868 ??  S<p     6:47AM    0:02.87 ntpd: ntp en
_ntp     18769  0.0  0.2   820  2508 ??  Ip      6:47AM    0:01.86 ntpd: dns en
root     34145  0.0  0.2   788  1568 ??  S<pU    6:47AM    0:00.81 /usr/sbin/nt
root     63360  0.0  0.1  1324  1280 ??  I       6:47AM    0:00.37 sshd: /usr/s
root     61566  0.0  0.2  1680  2052 ??  Ip      6:48AM    0:00.82 /usr/sbin/sm
_smtpd   19845  0.0  0.4  1448  3940 ??  Ip      6:48AM    0:01.83 smtpd: klond
_smtpd   66321  0.0  0.4  1716  4240 ??  Ip      6:48AM    0:02.23 smtpd: contr
_smtpd   91561  0.0  0.4  1552  4164 ??  Ip      6:48AM    0:01.95 smtpd: looku
_smtpd   90688  0.0  0.4  1844  4396 ??  Ip      6:48AM    0:02.69 smtpd: pony
_smtpq   16446  0.0  0.4  1640  4252 ??  Ip      6:48AM    0:02.47 smtpd: queue
_smtpd   82450  0.0  0.4  1440  3988 ??  Ip      6:48AM    0:02.17 smtpd: sched
_sndio   66682  0.0  0.1   516   744 ??  I<p     6:48AM    0:00.17 /usr/bin/snd
_sndiop  92235  0.0  0.1   504   920 ??  IpU     6:48AM    0:00.08 sndiod: help
root      1376  0.0  0.1   672  1268 ??  Sp      6:51AM    0:00.84 /usr/sbin/cr
root      6575  0.0  0.0   484   360 00  R+pU/0  7:32AM    0:00.35 ps -aux
root     13541  0.0  0.1   288  1296 C0  I+pU    6:51AM    0:00.58 /usr/libexec
root     70324  0.0  0.1   292  1308 C1  I+pU    6:51AM    0:00.54 /usr/libexec
root     10475  0.0  0.1   296  1312 C2  I+pU    6:51AM    0:00.44 /usr/libexec
root     81779  0.0  0.1   292  1304 C3  I+pU    6:51AM    0:00.58 /usr/libexec
root     45364  0.0  0.1   284  1280 C5  I+pU    6:51AM    0:00.47 /usr/libexec

ps is a command that displays what programs (processes) are currently running.
Even if the system is just starting up and it looks like there is no movement on the screen, you can see that many processes have already been started internally.

From now on, I will explain the settings that should be done when you log in as root for the first time.

Change time zone

FuguIta immediately after booting in mode 0 has the time zone (time zone) set to UTC (Universal Coordinated Time).
Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time.

fugu-demo# date 
Fri Feb 10 05:14:49 UTC 2023

To change FuguIta's time zone to JST, enter the command as follows and change the file pointed by the symbolic link /etc/localtime.

fugu-demo# cd /etc
fugu-demo# ls -l localtime
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  23 Feb 10 05:13 localtime -> /usr/share/zoneinfo/UTC
fugu-demo# ln -s -f /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Tokyo localtime                     
fugu-demo# ls -l localtime
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  30 Feb 10 14:15 localtime -> /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Tokyo
fugu-demo# date
Fri Feb 10 14:15:44 JST 2023

If the JST after setting is different from the actual time, use the date command to correct it.

General user registration

Immediately after starting FuguIta, you can only log in with the superuser (system administrator) account root.

On a Unix-based OS, you normally log in as a general user and use the system on a daily basis.
When doing system administration, log back in as superuser to perform administrative tasks.

!!While logged in as the superuser, it is easy to perform operations that render the system inoperable. Of course, unintentional erroneous operation is no exception. To prevent such risks, it is ``strongly recommended'' that you create a general user account and use it normally.

Below, create an account called yoshi as a general user.
Creating user accounts is also system management, so do it as root.

Use the command adduser to add a user account.
First, you will be asked for default values when adding a user account. This is only asked the first time adduser is run. Normally, there is no problem with inputting only the <Enter> key.

# adduser
Couldn't find /etc/adduser.conf: creating a new adduser configuration file
Reading /etc/shells
Enter your default shell: bash csh ksh nologin nsh sh [ksh]:
Your default shell is: ksh -> /bin/ksh
Default login class: authpf bgpd daemon default pbuild staff unbound
Enter your default HOME partition: [/home]:
Copy dotfiles from: /etc/skel no [/etc/skel]:
Send welcome message?: /path/file default no [no]:
Do not send message(s)
Prompt for passwords by default (y/n) [y]:
Default encryption method for passwords: auto blowfish [auto]:
Use option ``-silent'' if you don't want to see all warnings and questions.

Reading /etc/shells
Check /etc/master.passwd
Check /etc/group

Next, enter the information for general user account creation. As an example, let's create a user account called "yoshi".
As shown at the beginning, the input can be corrected (retyped) at the end.

Ok, let's go.
Don't worry about mistakes. There will be a chance later to correct any input.
Enter username []: yoshi
Enter full name []: Yoshihiro Kawamata
Enter shell bash csh ksh nologin nsh sh [ksh]:
Uid [1000]:
Login group yoshi [yoshi]:
Login group is ``yoshi''. Invite yoshi into other groups: guest no
[no]: wheel
Login class authpf bgpd daemon default pbuild staff unbound
Enter password []:
Enter password again []:

Name:        yoshi
Password:    ****
Fullname:    Yoshihiro Kawamata
Uid:         1000
Gid:         1000 (yoshi)
Groups:      yoshi wheel
Login Class: default
HOME:        /home/yoshi
Shell:       /bin/ksh
OK? (y/n) [y]: y
Added user ``yoshi''
Copy files from /etc/skel to /home/yoshi
Add another user? (y/n) [y]: n

In this example, the account yoshi is also added to the group called wheel.
Users with a wheel subscription can temporarily become root to perform system administration tasks.

A general user account called yoshi is now created.

Give administrator privileges to a general user

As explained in the previous section, to perform system administration tasks, you must temporarily become a superuser from a general user, or log out as a general user and then log back in as a superuser.

On OpenBSD, general users can execute commands with root privileges using the command doas.

To use doas, you first need to edit the configuration file /etc/doas.conf.
doas.conf does not exist at first, so execute the following command to create the file (if doas.conf already exists, edit doas.conf with a text editor ).

# echo permit persist :wheel > /etc/doas.conf
# chmod 0600 /etc/doas.conf

This will create a file doas.conf with a single line "permit persist :wheel". This is a setting that means "to allow users belonging to the wheel group to execute commands with root privileges".

When you execute doas, you will be prompted for the password of the user who executed it, but since "persist" is specified in the above example, doas re-executing will bypass the user's password input.

Extend the storage area of the USB memory

As explained in Creating a FuguIta LiveUSB, you can create a LiveUSB version of FuguIta by downloading the image file from the download site, expanding it, and writing it.

However, this LiveUSB version of FuguIta can only use 2GB of space regardless of the size of the USB memory used. ~ Of this, the FuguIta system occupies about 1GB, so usbfadm can save about 1GB of data.

The usbfadm utility that comes with FuguIta has a feature called expand that can expand the size of the partition that stores data.

Below is an example of using usbfadm expand.

fugu-demo# usbfadm  ← start usbfadm with root privileges

Welcome to usbfadm.
USB flash drive administration tool for FuguIta

 Version/Arch: 7.2/amd64  (FuguIta-7.2-amd64-202302081)
    Boot mode: manual
Target device: not set
Data saved as: not set

readline capability available
TAB to complete the reserved words

Type ? for help.

? : ? ->target  ← Specify the partition to extend with the target command

Searching storage device
Please make sure the device inserted.
Then press ENTER ->
sd0i sd0j sd0k sd1a +sd1d vnd5a  ← list of detected partitions.
target device ->sd1d                Partitions with a + sign at the beginning
                                    are data storage partitions

sd1d : ? ->info  ← check the capacity of the specified partition

Filesystem     Size    Used   Avail Capacity iused   ifree  %iused  Mounted on
/dev/sd1d      1.1G    2.5K    1.1G	0%	 5 1287065     0%   /mnt  ← 容量は1.1GB


512B	7.0/amd64/noasks

sd1d : ? ->expand  ← call expand function

Select the expansion method for sd1d:
  1:  growfs - expands the partition while retaining its contents
  2:  newfs - expand and format the partition
  3: [exit without expansion]
->2  ← extend partition using "newfs"

There are two ways to extend a partition: "growfs" and "newfs".
growfs expands the area while retaining the data stored in the partition.
newfs reformats the partition after expanding the space.
Please note that newfs will erase all saved files and directories. On the other hand, even with growfs, it is recommended that you back up your data before running it.

This makes sd1d as large as possible.
Note that all contents in sd1d will be removed
Do you proceed? [y/N] -> y

/dev/rsd1d: 3136.5MB in 6423488 sectors of 512 bytes
257 cylinder groups of 12.24MB, 3134 blocks, 6272 inodes each
super-block backups (for fsck -b #) at:
 144, 25216, 50288, 75360, 100432, 125504, 150576, 175648, 200720, 225792,
 6368432, 6393504, 6418576,
** /dev/rsd1d
** File system is already clean
** Last Mounted on
** Phase 1 - Check Blocks and Sizes
** Phase 2 - Check Pathnames
** Phase 3 - Check Connectivity
** Phase 4 - Check Reference Counts
** Phase 5 - Check Cyl groups
1 files, 1 used, 5611214 free (14 frags, 701400 blocks, 0.0% fragmentation)

sd1d : ? ->info  ← check capacity after expansion

Filesystem     Size    Used   Avail Capacity iused   ifree  %iused  Mounted on
/dev/sd1d      2.7G    2.5K    2.7G	0%	 5 1611897     0%   /mnt  ← 2.7GBに増加している


512B	7.0/amd64/noasks

sd1d : ? ->quit

Bye bye...

File system parameters (format type, block size, fragment size, inode density, etc.) are used as they are before expansion in growfs, while in newfs they are changed to the size after expansion. The matching parameters are set and formatting is performed.


Enter the exit command to terminate (logout) the account you are currently using.

fugu-demo# exit

OpenBSD/amd64 (fugu-demo.localnet) (tty00)


login as a general user

We created a general user account in the previous section, so try logging in with this account.

OpenBSD/amd64 (fugu-demo.localnet) (tty00)

login: yoshi
OpenBSD 7.2-stable (RDROOT.MP) #30: Wed Feb  8 13:07:26 JST 2023

Welcome to FuguIta, the OpenBSD-based live system.

FuguIta aims to help popularize OpenBSD operating system by making it easier
to get started with.

For information on FuguIta's specific features and how to use them, please
refer to the documentation on

If you have any questions or suggestions for FuguIta, please send an email to
me or post a message to's message board.
Please feel free to contact me.

Yoshihiro Kawamata ,

fugu-demo$ pwd
fugu-demo$ ls
fugu-demo$ ls -a
.          .Xdefaults .cvsrc     .mailrc    .ssh
..         .cshrc     .login     .profile

When logged in as root, the shell prompt will be "fugu-demo#", but for general users it will be "fugu-demo$".
Follow this notation in the following examples.

Save file to USB memory

FuguIta saves all data such as files created by the user, changed settings, added packages, system logs, etc. to the storage partition created in the LiveUSB version of FuguIta, and recalls it at the next startup. can do. Run the usbfadm command to save the data. Usbfadm requires administrator privileges to run, so use the doas command to run usbfadm.

fugu-demo$ doas usbfadm
doas (yoshi@fugu-demo.localnet) password: 

Welcome to usbfadm.
USB flash drive administration tool for FuguIta

 Version/Arch: 7.2/amd64  (FuguIta-7.2-amd64-202302081)
    Boot mode: manual
Target device: /dev/sd0d
Data saved as: fugu-demo

readline capability available
TAB to complete the reserved words

Type ? for help.

? : ? ->

First, specify the destination partition using the target command.
After confirming that the storage device is installed, press ENTER to scan the device.
Devices with a + sign in front of the device name are devices that can be used for saving.

? : ? --> target

Searching USB flash drives
Please make sure the device inserted.
Then press ENTER ->
cd0a sd0a +sd0d

targe device--> sd0d

Then name the data you want to save using the saveas command.
If the name is omitted, the host name will be used as the save

sd0d : ? --> saveas
Name of saved data --> fugu-demo

Your data will be saved as ``fugu-demo''.

Notice that the prompt string, which was originally "? : ?", has changed. The values ?k?kset by the target command and saveas just now are displayed in the prompt so that you can check them.

Finally run the sync command to actually save the data.

 /dev/sd0d : fugu-demo -> sync

Sync current mfs as fugu-demo, OK? -> y

building file list ... done
created directory /mnt/livecd-config/fugu-demo

sent 16455591 bytes  received 232568 bytes  180412.53 bytes/sec
total size is 15492096  speedup is 0.93

Let's display the information of the data saved with the info command.

/dev/sd0d : fugu-demo -> info

Filesystem     Size    Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on
 /dev/sd0d     218M   18.9M    179M   9.6%    /mnt


18.9M   6.0/amd64/fugu-demo

The data seems to be saved without problems, so exit usbfadm.

/dev/sd0d : fugu-demo -> bye


Saving with usbfadm can also be done from the shell command line.

fugu-demo$ doas usbfadm -r
doas (yoshi@fugu-demo.localnet) password: 

= Sync current mfs as fugu-demo into /dev/sd0d
sending incremental file list
deleting etc/X11/xenodm/authdir/authfiles/A:0-G4H73h

Option -r tells usbfadm to re-save the file.

You can also use cron to run periodically in the background.

# crontab -l
#minute hour    mday    month   wday    command
  --- omit ---
#save session periodically
#0       */4     *       *       *       PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin /usr/fuguita/sbin/usbfadm -rq

This causes usbfadm saves to happen in the background every 4 hours. -q is a "quiet" option that does not show progress etc.

You can use any partition that is formatted in the OpenBSD FFS format and has a directory named /livecd-config, even if it is not created with the usbfadm command.

Exit Fuguita

To terminate FuguIta operation, log in as root and execute the shutdown command.
Or as a normal user, execute the shutdown command using the doas.

fugu-demo$ doas shutdown -h -p now
doas (yoshi@fugu-demo.localnet) password: 
Shutdown NOW!
shutdown: [pid 4771]
*** FINAL System shutdown message from root@fugu-demo.localnet ***
System going down IMMEDIATELY

System shutdown time has arrived

fugu-demo$ syncing disks... done

In the above example, the -h option is specified as a specification to the shutdown command, so the system is halted. In addition, since the -p option is specified at the same time, the power will be automatically turned off immediately after stopping (some PC models do not support turning off the power with the -p option. In this case, to turn off the unit).
If you specify the -r option instead of the -h or -p options, the system will reboot.
In Fuguita, user-created data and system configuration files are held in memory. It will disappear.

The fact that the operations performed on Fuguita disappear when the system is stopped means that from a different point of view, it is less likely to affect existing systems installed on the internal hard disk.
In other words, deleting files, stopping processes, etc. as root has limited impact, so you can practice system administration with confidence.

Read saved settings and files

The data saved by the method described in Save settings and files can be read at subsequent startups to restore the environment.
To restore the data, select mode 3 in the boot mode selection.

Boot modes:
  0: fresh boot - standard mode as a live system
  1: fresh boot - less memory, faster boot (/usr is non-writable, can't pkg_add)
  2: fresh boot - works using only RAM (about 1GB or more of RAM required)
  3: boot with retrieving saved files from storage device
     or enter passphrase for an encrypted volume
  4: boot with retrieving saved files from floppy disk
  5: interactive shell for debugging
scanning partitions: sd0a sd0d sd0i cd0a
Device(s) found:
  loadable from: sd0d
Which is FuguIta's storage device? [default: sd0d] -> sd0d
/dev/sd0d : available data;


config name -> fugu-demo
Copying files from flash to ram ... 

If you specify the saved data name, the saved data will be restored and the startup will be restarted.
Since all setting values ?k?kare restored, network settings are not asked, unlike boot mode 0 explained at the beginning.

After logging in, you can also save more data. The procedure is the same as described in Save settings and files, but Since files are already saved on LiveUSB, only changed files and directories are targeted.
And since the save device name and save name have already been set, it is OK to execute the sync command immediately.

When shutting down, data is not saved automatically by default, so you need to manually execute the usbfadm command each time. If you want to automate this, please set Save data automatically when exiting.

Try starting the X Window System.

OpenBSD ships with a graphics environment called the X Window System, and FuguIta can also use this X Window System.

The X Window System may be abbreviated as X or X11. The X Window System is abbreviated as X hereafter.

To use X, select X Window System as the login method as described in Login method selection in the preparation section.

Do you login with Console or X Window System?
[default: Console] -> x

When X starts up, the following login screen will be displayed, so enter your user name and password.


If the login is successful, the following screen will appear.


The white window on the upper left of the screen is called a "terminal emulator", and it is a program for working with a character terminal, such as a session with a shell on X.
A clock is displayed in the upper right corner.
The one on the bottom left is called "xconsole" and is a program that displays system log information. Immediately after launching, this program is iconized.
Something like the table on the bottom right is called "virtual desktop", and it allows you to switch between multiple desktop screens. With the standard settings, you can switch between 3 columns x 3 rows = 9 desktop screens.

The menu appears when you press the left mouse button on the wallpaper part (called "root window" in X). From this menu you can select X apps to run. Those not on the menu can also be executed by inputting commands from the terminal emulator.

The following screen is an example of actually running the application.


In the root window, another menu is displayed by pressing the middle or right mouse button.

X operation is designed assuming operation with a 3-button mouse. For mice without a middle button, press both left and right buttons at the same time, or press the wheel.

To exit X, select "Exit" from the left mouse button menu, and then select "Exit" to the window that asks if you really want to exit.


OpenBSD has several types of software (desktop environment) for using X Window, and you can also add software for Japanese display and input. This will be explained in Introducing a Japanese desktop environment in the advanced version.

Learning how to use Unix and OpenBSD

Check how to use Unix-like OS

As explained at the beginning of this guide, FuguIta is based on OpenBSD, a kind of Unix-like OS.

Unix was developed in 1969, about half a century ago, and has since been implemented in various computer implementations. Today, Unix-based operating systems are used in a variety of environments, from supercomputers to smartphones, home appliances, and even small embedded devices.

Unix-based operating systems are very different from operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, and some people may have no idea how to use them at first.

Fundamentals of Unix-like OS are not made for consumer users. OpenBSD is no exception, and almost no friendly user interface is provided in the initial state assuming users without prior knowledge. In other words, it doesn't mean ``I figured out how to use it by playing around with it''.

What approach should be taken to understand and utilize such a Unix-like OS?

Book preparation

Prepare a book that explains the basics of Unix-like operating systems.

There are various implementations of Unix-based OS, but they include Unix philosophy. There is a common concept called Understanding this concept and being able to put it into practice is the key to mastering a Unix-based OS.

The content of the book should not be limited to specific implementations, but should comprehensively and systematically explain everything from the basic concept to the entry point of application.

It's hard to find a book that says "Read this one and you'll be fine", but here are some that have a good reputation:

Reading the following as supplementary readings may help you understand better:

Use the online manual

After all, moving your hands by yourself is the basis for effective skill acquisition.

At that time, don't try blindly, but use the online manual (man command) built into the system. The online manual does not have the weak point that the description is based on a different implementation.

Unix online manuals are divided into several chapters.
Items with the same name may appear in multiple chapters.
For example, "sleep" is found in both chapter 1 (general commands) and chapter 3 (library), and is described as sleep(1) and sleep(3) respectively. So if you want to know the command line of the sleep command,

$ man 1 sleep

If you are programming in C and want to know how to use the sleep function,

$ man 3 sleep

displays the description of the sleep function in Chapter 3.

Therefore, the notation such as "ls (1)" will appear after this, but this is "execute "man 1 ls" and refer to the "ls" section in chapter 1 of the online manual Please.

Online manuals are sometimes called manual pages. They have the same meaning.

Apart from online manuals, many Unix commands have the ability to display their own instructions:

$ man
usage: man [-acfhklw] [-C file] [-I os=name] [-K encoding] [-M path] [-m path]
           [-O option=value] [-S subsection] [-s section] [-T output] [-W level]
           [section] name ...
$ cp -?
cp: unknown option -- ?
usage: cp [-fip] [-R [-H | -L | -P]] source target
       cp [-fip] [-R [-H | -L | -P]] source ... directory

The above example displays help messages for the man and cp commands.
Since command help messages are so brief, they are often used as reminders to remind you of forgotten command line options.

Utilizing the net as "reference information"

Using the Internet, you can easily obtain information related to Unix-based OS.

But it also has its weaknesses, as explained in the previous section. In particular, it is necessary to judge by yourself whether the search results in the search engine apply to the actual machine in front of you. The results of the search site should be used as "reference information".

In addition, many Unix-like OSes now have "official sites" by the development community. The information on the official website can be used as primary information.


Applying the above to the topic "File Attributes", for example, would look something like this:

FuguIta is also suitable for learning Unix OS as mentioned above. In other words, by taking advantage of the feature of the live system, which does not require installation work, we provide an environment in which users can easily try various things, and an environment in which they can easily start over if they make a mistake.

Find out how to use OpenBSD

In the previous section Find out how to use Unix, I explained hints for those who have little experience using Unix-based OSs to learn how to use them. I will explain the information sources when using them and the points to use them.

introduction After logging in as root, you will receive an email from Theo de Raadt, the OpenBSD project leader.

# mail
Mail version 8.1.2 01/15/2001.  Type ? for help.
"/var/mail/root": 1 message 1 new
>N  1 deraadt@do-not-re  Sun Oct 18 07:58   86/4565  Welcome to OpenBSD 5.8!
& more 1
Message 1:
From Sun Oct 18 07:58:58 MST 2015
Date: Oct 18 07:58:58 MST 2015
From: (Theo de Raadt)
To: root
Subject: Welcome to OpenBSD 5.8!

This message attempts to describe the most basic initial questions that a
system administrator of an OpenBSD box might have.  You are urged to save
this message for later reference.

This email addresses some of the first questions an OpenBSD installer might have. By following the information source written in the mail body, you can get various know-how on using OpenBSD. There is some overlap with the content of this email below, but I will touch on various sources of information on the system.

documents in the system

As mentioned in How to use Unix, online manuals are the most basic source of information for Unix-like operating systems, and OpenBSD is no exception.
It is also emphasized in the mail addressed to root immediately after installation as follows

Again, PLEASE READ THE MANUAL PAGES.  Our developers have spent countless
hours improving them so that they are clear and precise.

The man page also has some entries specifically for introductory purposes.

This entry is for Unix beginners. This entry will also appear if you run the ``help'' command on the command line.
Description of the man command. OpenBSD reimplements the manual page system with a program called mandoc, but the man command is used in much the same way as other Unix-like operating systems.
Explains items that should be checked immediately after installation. It is more detailed and comprehensive than Introduction in this document, so I recommend reading it.
The manual page is divided into chapters by category, and describes each chapter. for example,
man 1 intro
means that the description of the general command category is
man 5 intro
displays a general description of the file format category.

On OpenBSD, the man page chapters are organized like this;

1General Commands
2System calls and error numbers
4Device Drivers
5File Formats
8System maintenance commands

The content of each section of the manual continues to follow the current system and is constantly being updated and refined.
Also, in other Unix-based OS, chapter 4 (device driver) and other chapters provide almost no information on some implementations, but OpenBSD has such information, such as Wi-Fi Sufficient information can be obtained even if setting information that depends on the hardware to be used is required, such as the setting of .

The online manual built into OpenBSD can be read with the man command, but it can also be read by accessing with a web browser.
In the FuguIta guide, you can refer to the online manual on the web for the part linked like ls(1) in the command explanation.


For commands originating from the GNU project and applications that run on Emacs, Info format documentation may be provided.
To view the Info document, run the info command.

If you have additionally installed an Emacs editor, Info documents can be accessed from the Emacs editor with <Meta>-x info<Enter> or <Escape> x info<Enter>. You can browse it by typing.

There are application-specific documentation besides man pages and Info. They are mainly located under the following directories:

File on system

All configuration files for servers and application software are gathered under /etc.

System operation logs are located under /var/log. Only cron creates a log file called /var/cron/log. Kernel messages displayed at boot time, as described in Boot Settings, are logged in a file called /var/run/dmesg.boot. By viewing the contents of this file after system startup is complete, you can investigate how the system started.

Information on the Internet
Official site run by the project. Detailed guide to OpenBSD in general and System updates , is the starting point for OpenBSD-related information on the web.
``OpenBSD Journal'' OpenBSD related news site. Every time OpenBSD's seasonal topic is taken up, you can also know the state of the front line of OpenBSD development. Previously, Introductory article on Fuguita was also posted. There is a
mailing list
officially managed mailing list. There is also an archive site for these, and you can view them on the web without subscribing to the mailing list.


As far as the author knows, no Japanese books written for OpenBSD users have been published as of 2023.
Some books for BSD Unix,

Some books, such as, partially mention OpenBSD.

For English books, please refer to description on official site.
It seems that some books for OpenBSD have been published, such as Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition and The book of PF, 3rd Edition.

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