Month: November 2004

Why not Wiki?


I suggested on the docs@ list that using a Wiki to allow people to make documentation updates may make it easier to actually have people contribute, and then changes can be merged back into CVS. Discussion ensued, with some folks pointing at Wikipedia‘s MediaWiki, or TikiWiki. Similar discussion popped up elsewhere. I plan to try this … soon.

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November TPJ out


The latest issue (November) of The Perl Journal is out, if you happen to subscribe. Quick! Someone make a Python comment, apropos of nothing!

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Want to Clean Up?


Liam J. Foy has put together a new page to track what needs to be cleaned in DragonFly; take a look if you are curious, or(even better) if you wanted a relatively simple task.

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New Shell book


Spotted on Unixreview.com: a review of Unix Shells by Example; a decent review, plus it covers the interesting term “UUOC“.

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Supported hardware list


Jasse Jansson is putting together a list of supported hardware; he’s at jasse ‘at’ hornet ‘dot’ ac if you want to contribute.

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Another mirror


Macomnet.net is a new DragonFly mirror: http://mirror.macomnet.net/pub/DragonFlyBSD/

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Much GoBSD


The GoBSD site has been visually updated, with a new GoBSD ‘distribution‘ of DragonFly, which includes pkgsrc as a built-in ports replacement. There’s also an ambitious mission statement.

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Timer information


Joerg Sonnenberger (here) and Matthew Dillon (here) both did a nice explanatory writeup of how the timer system works.

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HEAD and Stable, together


The Stable tag has been moved up to the most recent code, as some critical fixes required what’s in the most recent code. In general, this should only be positive, unless you are using unionfs or nullfs, as they will be broken if you upgrade. So, if you are using those file systems, hold off on upgrading for a few weeks. When you do upgrade, it has to be a full buildkernel/buildworld.

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Citizen Checkpoint


Checkpointing has now been fully integrated, with man pages and everything.

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Leaf moves up


leaf.dragonflybsd.org is moving to the most recent version of DragonFly (HEAD) so as to serve as a test for some SATA fixes.

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DragonFlyBSD.org outage


Matthew Dillon reported a hard disk failure knocked out the DragonFly website and mailing lists over the weekend; there’s a new disk, filled from backups, back in place now.

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21C3 meetup


Andreas Hauser mentioned that he and others are going to 21C3, and are looking to meet up with other DragonFly enthusiasts.

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Timer fix?


Matthew Dillon has added code that should hopefully fix the long-standing timer bug some people have seen.

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One CD, boot many OSes


Oliver Fromme suggested a way to make it possible to boot a CD into a variety of operating systems – specifically either FreeBSD or DragonFly.

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Safe SACK


A big was found in SACK; it could cause downloaded file corruption – it’s fixed now.

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Checkpoint getting checked


Matthew Dillon did an update of checkpointing, as apparently someone had expressed interest in porting it.

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Fetch fixed


A vulnerability was found in FreeBSD’s fetch, which also affected the DragonFly version. Jeroen Ruigrok has already fixed it.

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Firefox port


‘Rum’ noted he has a dfport of Firefox 1.0.1 available.

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Getting Atheros working


Freddie Cash described on kernel@ how he got his atheros card working, using a FreeBSD driver.

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Perl untied


Joerg Sonneberger followed up on his own commit message saying that Perl seems to be out of the base system.

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Neat but impenetrable


Read an interesting conversation that I don’t understand.

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SACK added


Jeffrey Hsu has added Selective Acknowledgement, also known as SACK. (RFC 2018)

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X.org 6.8.1 details


Andreas Hauser detailed his X.org 6.8.1 packages and caveats in a recent post to the submit@ mailing list.

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80386 Orphaned?


Is anyone even using a 386 processor anymore? If you are, go look for some pocket change and buy a faster computer.

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A Good Week


Matthew Dillon noted that all chronic bugs appear to have been fixed, this week.

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OpenNTPd now working


Joerg Sonneberger detailed the changes inherent in using OpenNTPd, which will be in the system momentarily.

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VFS work in


Matthew Dillon’s committed the next big stage of his VFS work; the commit message includes a lengthy explanation of what it touches.

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NetBSD Log, Others


No, I’m not branching out. :) Hubert Feyrer is running an unadorned blog similar to this one, but concentrating on NetBSD.

There’s also a similar page at undeadly.org for OpenBSD. I suppose KernelTrap is in the same vein mostly for Linux, and the FreeBSD Project has src summaries.

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Working with C


A question about programming brought some interesting tips on how to deal with source code and other issues. There was quite a lot of suggestions, in fact.

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Smaller port space


Steven Looman pointed out a different way to handle ports: Portsnap.

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Bad Bug Better; VFS work in


Matthew Dillon reported that he and David Rhodus have tracked down and eliminated a longstanding bug that caused VM/filesystem corruption, dating from FreeBSD 4, which may even still be present in FreeBSD 5.

As a side effect, Matthew Dillon’s VFS work will get pushed into the most current code (HEAD). Unionfs and nullfs work has not been completed in the VFS code, so that means if you use HEAD and also use unionfs/nullfs, either don’t update for the next week or so, or drop back to DragonFly_Stable.

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New GDB, BSD-flavored tar


GDB 6.2.1 is now in the tree, and the BSD version of tar (bsdtar) is now included but not built by default. It’s all thanks to Joerg Sonnenberger.

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FreeBSD, OpenBSD releases


FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE has happened. This is the start of a 5.x stable branch, after 4 (long) years. OpenBSD 3.6 is out too.

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OpenNTPD used


Joerg Sonnenberger has committed OpenNTPD.

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Handling Hyperthreading


‘asmodai’ provided a link to this Intel web page as a reference for handling hyperthreaded processors. It’s Windows-specific, though.

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Custom Live CD


“TIV” posted some notes on how to make a custom DragonFly LiveCD; Matthew Dillon suggested some additional tips.

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X.org 6.8.1 patchset


David Rhodus posted a patchset to X.org 6.8.1 that should make it work on DragonFly; it may or may not make it in time for the next X.org release.

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VFS and NFS work


I don’t normally post about test patches, but I am linking here to one of Matthew Dillon’s recent VFS patches, as he explains a bit of the work that is going into it.

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GAGonfly


The GAG graphical boot manager now includes an icon for DragonFly.

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Documentation alternative


forknibbler.com, where I hosted builds of DragonFly documentation, is down for the next while as I have been chaning network layouts. However, the docs that were there are still available at http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/~justin/.

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Another log


An excellent thing has happened: H.Miyamoto has started another log of DragonFly news over at http://wids.net/dbsdlog.jp/. This new log is in Japanese, which certainly reaches an audience I cannot.

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And my 8-tracks don’t work!


Joerg Sonnenberger’s removed a.out support.

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Easy money


WordIQ.com appears to have a DragonFly section on its site. However, it appears to be a copy of the excellent Wikipedia DragonFly page. A legal copy, but probably a moneymaking gambit, given the advertising on the WordIQ page. This is similar to something that happened over at freshports.org site some time ago, though not quite so mercenary.

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Console on Fire(wire)


Hidetoshi Shimokawa described in a post to kernel@ just how to get a console working over Firewire, instead of serial.

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Journaling soon


As mentioned in an aside while talking about current work, Matthew Dillon expects his VFS work will leads to a journaling file system.

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Kinder, gentler firewall


Matthew Dillon committed changes from Andreas Hauser that makes the default firewall setup (in /etc/rc.firewall relatively normal and usable.

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Right way to upgrade


Upgrade using ‘make upgrade’, not mergemaster. Why? Well, for one thing, ‘upgrade’ only touches files that you shouldn’t.

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Pxeboot magically!


Another oldie – work has been going on to make it possible to boot DragonFly from CD and have that booted machine automatically work as a server, from which other hosts could pxeboot.

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German mirror


There’s a new DragonFly mirror in Germany. It’s not that new, but I’m catching up on all my mail since I moved the site, and I never posted this:

ftp://ftp.tu-clausthal.de/pub/DragonFly/

http://ftp.tu-clausthal.de/pub/DragonFly/

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Going again


Up and running again – shiningsilence.com is now running through my home connection on a home machine. Neither of those are terribly high-powered, but that’s OK. I’ll attempt to get a more beefy machine in the coming months, and a better connection may be available within the year.

In the several hours this afternoon when I was rebuilding this Log, comment spam filtering was turned off – some 400-500 spams came rolling in. Wow.

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Almost ready


Almost have this working again – I slightly mangled the restoration of entries here, so it’ll be a bit.

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