DragonFly 2.4 1 should be out Thursday. There’s a few bugfixes to add, still.
Month: September 2009
Installation of pkgsrc packages that were built on a different version of DragonFly than the one running during that installation will cause a warning. This can cause some confusion, since the tool appears to be warning that something may not work, but there’s no further output. I’ve seen users think it means the install failed, for instance.
There’s potential ways around this, but the best would be this pkg_install modification suggested by Jeremy C. Reed. Anyone who implements this gets my eternal gratitude.
Yay, another BSDTalk! Will Backman talks about where he’s been for the past month in BSDTalk number 177, and plays back a talk with FreeBSD developer Giorgos Keramidas.
DragonFly 2.4.1 is slated for release this Wednesday, 2009-09-30. This will have fixes for the installer and 64-bit DragonFly, among other things.
Do you have a recent ASUS system? Constantine Murenin has a patch for you, for hardware monitoring.
If you’ve got a really, really old DragonFly installation that been upgraded from… 1.8? Perhaps earlier? The system will be using libc_r instead of lib_xu. If you want to change to lib_xu, which is the long-term goal, Hasso Tepper has the simple steps listed.
The general plan for binary pkgsrc packages are to keep them around for the current release and the previous release. Some people say “delete now!“, some say “No, wait!“. What’s your opinion?
This Internetnews.com article makes a good point: DragonFly has thrived since splitting from FreeBSD 5+ years ago, and the difference between the systems is more apparent now, with the introduction of DevFS and Hammer.
Stathis Kamperis, as part of his Summer of Code work, ported NetBSD’s POSIX message queues to DragonFly. He has a writeup of all the details, and even has test cases! It should be showing up in 2.5 soon.
The utilities pkg_radd and pkg_search now support a BINPKG_BASE variable. This variable can point to alternate binary download sites, in case the defaults aren’t working well for you.
If you’re running DragonFly 2.4 on amd64, you may have noticed trouble with USB drives or separate issues with ACPI. Both seem to be fixed by the same commit. It’s been merged to the 2.4 branch, so updating on that branch will get the fixes without moving to 2.5.
DragonFly’s newest committer is Jordan Gordeev, whose name may already be familiar. He’s the student behind the 2008/2009 Summer of Code projects for AMD64 support in DragonFly. You’ll notice the 2.4 release has a 64-bit version, in no small part due to his effort. Welcome Jordan!
There’s now a Git repo of pkgsrc. This is just a copy from cvs every 15 minutes, so it won’t allow changes back to pkgsrc, but it’s much faster to download via git than it is via cvs.
If you had any trouble with the dramatic changes in the 2.4 page, there’s a page on the DragonFly BSD site that lists possible workarounds.
Well, technically, they are 2.3.1+ packages, but they will work fine on 2.4 and can be installed via pkg_radd.
The 2.4 release has been branched, and the release ISO should be available Wednesday.
Alex Hornung has ported FreeBSD’s kbdmux, making it possible to run multiple keyboards. This can help if a system has a built-in virtual keyboard, as some newer HPs do.
If you’re running 10G Ethernet, Matthew Dillon’s turned on the inflight limiter by default, which should help keep your system from being overwhelmed if it’s not handling the greater volume of packets. If you’re not running 10G Ethernet, this shouldn’t affect you. If only we all could be so lucky.
If you back up the pseudo-file-systems (PFS) on your Hammer volume to a non-Hammer disk, and then need to restore them to a new Hammer volume, and then realize you forgot to write down the shared-uuid, well, then, YONETANI Tomokazu has a patch for you. I haven’t seen this committed yet, but it appears valuable.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert added a tool, chkmoddeps, which checks for missing modules that are required by other modules. Useful if you are working with the kernel.
Matthew Dillon’s changed the scheduler to fix a problem with small writes taking longer than they should. This should have a noticable, though not necessarily perfect effect on interactivity, especially for those using DragonFly as a desktop.
Alexander Polakov has made it possible to use UTF8 as the default system encoding, which makes non-ASCII characters viewable everywhere. It makes a full buildworld/buildkernel process necessary. He also did it without making /bin and /sbin dynamic, which is good news for anyone who might happen to lose /usr.
Mahdi Montazeri sent in the URL to another new BSD site: irbsd.com. It’s a generic web framework reposting RSS feeds from other people, without linking back to the originals, so nothing new.
Matthew Dillon posted the results of a full bulk build of pkgsrc on a 64-bit DragonFly system; the success rate was relatively high for a new platform and pkgsrc-current. The pkg_radd(1) and pkg_search(1) utilities will need some changes.
The dragonflybsd.org site(s) were down due to a network provider problem over the last 24 hours; they’re back now.
Dru Lavigne has found a new cross-BSD news site, BSD News Network. I would like to see it get away from a generic blog layout and hold something other than RSS feed data, since there’s already TheDailyBSD and BSDNews and BSDPlanet for that.
I may be a bit grumpy about it since sites that aggregate BSD news feeds often end up being something close to 50% composed of words originally typed by me, because of the Digest’s regularity. I’d like to see BSD news sources with at least a hint of authorial voice, not machine-operated copying. FreeBSD – the unknown Giant is close to that, for instance.
Hubert Feyrer posted a link to a set of benchmarks of various BSDs (and Linux) using Ruby. DragonFly, despite not working with a SMP kernel on the test software, had comparatively good results.
The main page of the dragonflybsd.org site now has a feed of the most recent 10 articles from this Digest.
I don’t know how recently this recording was made, but Dru Lavigne found a recording of Jeffrey Hsu (longtime DragonFly committer) taking about How To Get Started with Kernel Programming.
The 2.4 release looks to be about a week and a half away; if you’re a committer, please plan to make drastic changes after the release, if possible,
There’s some new HP server hardware out there, and Hasso Tepper found some problems (and lists some potential solutions) with installing DragonFly, mostly centered around keyboard handling. It sounds like NetBSD’s keyboard mux may solve it for us, if someone’s willing to add it…
Alex Hornung has posted a summary of what Unix98 pty devices are, and how they are supported under DevFS. If something screwy happens, there’s even a debug option to turn on.
Say hello to the newest DragonFly committer: Alexander Polakov. Hello, Alex!
Want to make Hasso Tepper’s day? He’s posted 4 separate bugs for DragonFly that revolve around pkgsrc packages: sysutils/hal, sysutils/libgtop, audio/pulseaudio, and HTML5 video in FireFox. All of these (except the last) are issues that have been present for a while, and fixing any of them will help a number of other pkgsrc packages work correctly on DragonFly. If the work appeals to you, please dig in.