Month: January 2006

UnixReview: certification, certification


UnixReview.com this week has an ‘examination’ of the CISA and CISM certifications, plus an article about the relative value of certifications.

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Parallel routes in, CCMS next


Matthew Dillon has added the new parallel routing code; expect some destabilization if you are running bleeding-edge code. His near-term plans are also posted, which include a start on the Cache Coherency Management System, and preliminary work to support ZFS.

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Fetch the canopener!


David Rhodus needs to read Excel files. Joerg Sonnenberger is fixing up OpenOffice 2 and Gnumeric in pkgsrc to work, while Eli Green suggests the program antiexcel.

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Another way to see source


Csaba Henk posted a link to Sun’s OpenGrok source code search engine. He’s got a version running at http://dragonfly.creo.hu/source.

This makes me think of two things: 1: Sun’s sure putting out a lot of neat stuff and 2: I always hated Stranger In A Strange Land.

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UnixReview: IPv6, Rexx


UnixReview.com this week has only two articles: a book review of “Running IPv6” and “Regular Expressions: Rexx Still Going Strong“.

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NetBSD report, too


The NetBSD quarterly report (that seems to cover a half instead of a quarter; July – December 2005) is out. It covers their new logo, their new releases, new developers and ports, etc. Also, DragonFly’s adoption of pkgsrc is mentioned, along with the fact that Joerg Sonnenberger is more or less responsible for over 3,000 of the successful pkgsrc builds on DragonFly.

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FreeBSD Q4 status report out


The fourth quarter Status Report for FreeBSD is out. Among other items of interest, the report contains links to two recent presentations at EuroBSDCon: New Networking Features in FreeBSD 6.0 and Optimizing the FreeBSD IP and TCP Stack (both links are PDF files). Also, OpenBSD’s dhclient has replaced ISC’s dhclient, and efforts to port DragonFly’s variant symlinks.

For entertainment value, there’s also the FreeBSD/XBox port, which is close to having network support. There’s now a FreeBSD list of available work for volunteers; there’s a number of DragonFly items on there.

Update: PDF links fixed, thanks to Joe “Floid” Kanowitz.

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Got spare money?


David Rhodus brought up the idea of bounties for DragonFly. Would you pay money for certain one-off programming projects?

Update: Matthew Dillon doesn’t care for it, which makes it unlikely to happen.

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Entropy really does increase


Matthew Dillon has fixed DragonFly’s low entropy problem.

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Upgrading pkgsrc


From recent discussion on the users@ mailing list: pkg_chk is a known method for upgrading pkgsrc packages; the problem with it is that it removes existing packages, builds the new versions, then installs them. It has problems; this leaves a system without software for the length of the build time, and if a build dependency fails, the previously installed software is not restored. There are other solutions. There’s pkgmanager, or using a jail/chroot environment to build binary packages and then install using those, which the not-yet-ported pkg_comp can help with.

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Not so random


Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert noticed that /dev/random produces nothing; no random numbers at all. This is bad for crypto; Matthew Dillon is working on a fix.

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Live BSD CDs


“Haidut” kindly send along news of the NeWBIE project, where a NetBSD CD is used as a bootable end-user system, similar to FreeSBIE (which also uses the BSD Installer, same as DragonFly). He also sends word that he’s working on a DragonFly version of that same CD.

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1.4.0 pkgsrc binaries available


Joerg Sonnenberger announced that binary pkgsrc packages for 1.4.0 are now available, with a whopping 85% of all pkgsrc packages represented. He also noted that pkg_chk now can remotely update binary packages.

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Verbosity should be rewarded


Csaba Henk wrote up a detailed explanation of his patch for cache coherency; it’s a good, highly technical read on the various issues involved.

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Links, and a milestone


informit.com has the typical BSD overview article: BSD: The Other Free UNIX Family. (Seen on hubertf’s site) Shadow Development has an article about FreeBSD as a desktop; topical after this previously-linked DragonFly review. There’s some interesting material about the Intel Macs on there, too. (From BSDnewsletter.com, via Liam Foy’s BSD Portal.

Also: this is the 1,501st post on this blog! I am curious to see how this volume stacks up to the other BSD sites out there…

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A log across the ocean


I’m adding DragonFly BSD Digest JP over to the links – a site that does what I do here, but in Japanese.

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OSNews review


There’s a harsh but accurate review of the DragonFly 1.4 release up now on OSNews.

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More route work


Matthew Dillon has posted his second parallel routing patch; there’s still some issues, listed in his post along with a link to the patch.

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pkgsrc wallpaper


A bit unusual, but here’s a pkgsrc “wallpaper“, courtesy of Hubert Feyrer

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Freshports change


Freshports.org is changing servers, so it may be intermittently unavailable over the next few days.

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Apache 1, 2, and mod_php


mod_php, in pkgsrc, is the package ap-php. If you install the binary version, Apache 1.3 is the dependency it tries to load. This can be a problem if you are alreay running Apache 2.

The ap-php package works with Apache 2 – it has to be built from source, however. Joerg Sonnenberger has more details.

There’s an ongoing debate about this on the pkgsrc tech-pkg list, too.

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Route etuoR


Matthew Dillon’s posted the first patch for parallelizing the route table. People who don’t mind mangling their network connection are encouraged to give it a try.

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UnixReview.com: more book reviews


UnixReview.com this week has a book review of Real Digital Forensics: Computer Security and Incident Response, and a book review of Book Review: Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution – good for those who got religion.

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Linux emulation and pkgsrc


Linux ‘emulation’ packages are present in pkgsrc, same as they are in ports, but the use is slightly different. Joerg Sonnenberger detailed some of the differences in a recent post.

Updated: And check this post too.

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test


This is a test, to ensure I didn’t mangle the database connectivity. Ignore me.

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OnLAMP.com: Emulation


OnLAMP.com/BSD has a new Big Scary Daemons article up about emulation – specifically, Linux emulation on FreeBSD. It should mostly apply to DragonFly.

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PF documentation reviewer needed


Jeremy C. Reed has been adding to the PF documentation to cover other operating systems, including DragonFly. He needs another set of eyes to look it over, though.

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Roundup tracker for DragonFly


Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has put together a Roundup issue tracker and has been collecting issues off the bugs@ mailing list for a while. He says it’s about 5 minutes of work daily to keep things straight, which isn’t bad at all for mailing list integration.

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Whither cvsup?


Garance Drosihn wrote up a little summary about the oft-revisited subject of: why isn’t there something easier to build than CVSup?

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DragonFly BSD and Frappr


At Daniel Sturm’s suggestion, I’ve put a link for the DragonFly BSD Frappr group over on the side of the page.

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4 bugs that may still be there


There’s been 4 recent security alerts for FreeBSD, for ipfw, cpio, ee, and texindex, all of which could apply to DragonFly since they are in FreeBSD 4.

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BSDCan 2006


While we’re on the topic of papers, BSDCan 2006 is happening at the University of Ottowa, May 12-13th, and any proposals for a paper are due January 19th.

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newaliases not in new install


Joseph Garcia noticed that the newaliases command is apparently not run as part of a new DragonFly 1.4 install.

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USENIX call for papers


The USENIX 06 Technical Conference, held May 30th to June 3rd, has a call for papers out – due by the 17th!

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UnixReview.com: 4-play


UnixReview.com has 4 articles, this week: book reviews of
Write Portable Code,
Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide,
Debugging Expect,
Marcel’s Linux Game of the Month : eboard, a networkable chess game.

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DistroWatch review


Bob Bagwill posted a link to an “unflattering (but not inaccurate)” review of DragonFly BSD 1.4 over at DistroWatch.

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1.4 released


DragonFly 1.4 is out, available for download via HTTP, FTP, or torrent. Be sure to check the errata.

(My post about this was eaten while I set up the server…)

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Software opinions


I’ve seen a couple sites using WordPress, lately. Anyone have opinons on it vs. Movable Type?

I’m not worried about cost or license – just utility. And a way to eliminate – not stick in a junk folder – all that comment spam!

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pkgsrc: fix the tarball


I was bit by this myself: the weekly tarball of pkgsrc files, for those who plan to install pkgsrc, appears to be broken. Use CVS (instructions on the aforementioned wiki page) to update the files within it.

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pkgsrc build from source glitch


Joerg Sonnenberger found a slight problem with linking to gettext, which only can happen when building a pkgsrc package from source; binary users are unaffected. Details and a link to a workaround are in his message.

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All better, mostly


shiningsilence.com moved from ports to pkgsrc, and rebuilding everything took some work – the website was down for a short while while removing/restoring apache, and search/comments have been broken on the site while moving from /usr/local/bin/perl to /usr/pkg/bin/perl. Everything seems OK now…

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Time and games


This lengthy blog post details the use of NTP and time in general on Un*xy systems. (Seen on the #NetBSD Blog via hubertf)

Also seen on #NetBSD Blog: play hack over ssh!

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And kernel memory, too


The vnodes discussion has morphed into a conversation about kernel memory, and how it is allocated.

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OnLAMP: Building Binary PC-BSD Packages


O-Reilly’s OnLAMP.com has a new FreeBSD Basics article up titled “Building Binary PC-BSD Packages“, which talks about the slick-sounding PC-BSD package superset of the FreeBSD port system.

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1.4 Release day set


January 7th!

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vnodes vs. memory


In a conversation about having lots of RAM, Matthew Dillon described the relationship of vnodes to memory, and how you rarely want to change it.

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NetBSD Wiki up


NetBSD now has a wiki up as an experiment in making documentation easier, much like our own.

(Thanks, hubertf, who writes some good points about how (un)easy it is to create documentation…)

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UnixReview.com: widgets, phishing, and tools


UnixAdmin.com has an article up about building a widget for systems admin (Normally Mac-specific, but maybe not much longer), solutions to phishing attacks, and a guide on the venerable but useful tools iostat, vmstat, and netstat.

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3 little steps


If you, like me, track the RELEASE versions of DragonFly, you’ll be moving from version 1.2 to 1.4 in one jump. There’s a few extra upgrade steps to accomodate the drastic underlying changes between 1.2 and 1.4, and I’ve documented them in the src/UPDATING file.

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nullfs updated


Csaba Henk has contributed code to make nullfs. It’s not complete yet, but it’s close.

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pksrc and/or wip, explained


Several people more educated than I have chimed in with comments that describe the difference between pkgsrc and pkgsrc-wip. Read the comments to be enlightened.

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How to release


Matthew Dillon added a note that describes the release creation process.

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1.4 RC2 available


DragonFly BSD 1.4 Release Candidate 2 is out. I think there are no outstanding issues to hold up release at this point…

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