Month: November 2009

BSDCan 2010 proposals


BSDCan 2010, coming up the 13th-14th of May, has put out the call for papers.  The website says proposals start December 19th, but I suppose that’s just the day you start handing them in.

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BSDTalk: OpenBSD enthusiast Girish Venkatachalam


BSDTalk episode 180 is a 25-minute conversation with Girish Venkatachalam about … stuff.  (I am posting before listening.)

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Thunderbird update


Thunderbird, in pkgsrc, has been updated to version 3.  This means that if you don’t want to make the upgrade right yet, you’ll want to follow mail/thunderbird2.  This won’t affect binary package users until the next quarterly release.

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First step to linuxulator improvement


Alex Hornung pointed out that getting the Linux Test Project to work on DragonFly (using the linuxulator) would be a very helpful step in that same Linux emulation.  Running the LTP does not require programming skills, incidentally.

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2.5 pkgsrc builds


Updated pkgsrc-2009Q3 packages for DragonFly 2.5, for i386 and for x86_64 are available.

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New committer: Antonio Huete Jimenez


Welcome DragonFly’s newest developer with commit access: Antonio Huete Jimenez, also known as ‘tuxillo’ on EFNet #dragonflybsd via IRC.

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Death of a contributor


Jon Birrell, a contributor to a number of BSD projects (primarily FreeBSD), has died.  His friend and coworker Craig Rodrigues has posted a notice about his death, along with some memories.  It’s always awful when someone dies, but it always strikes me about how when an open source contributor dies, it’s noticed, quietly, worldwide.

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New i386 2.4 DragonFly build for pkgsrc-2009Q3


That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?  There’s a fresh build of pkgsrc packages for 32-bit DragonFly 2.4, from pkgsrc-2009Q3, on avalon.dragonflybsd.org.  Utilities like pkg_radd should find it automatically.  New builds for i386 2.5 and 64-bit 2.5 are on the way.  (though pkgsrc packages built on 2.4 should work fine on 2.5.)

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BSD Magazine online editions available


The recent PC-BSD and FreeBSD issues of BSD Magazine are available as PDFs.  (via)

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More links again


I like linkblogging, especially because there’s been a lot of good stuff floating about:

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Accessing Hammer config via NFS


Thomas Nikolajsen came up with some ideas for making the configuration files for a given Hammer volume accessible, even when that volume is being presented over NFS.  He’s looking for more ideas.

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Default SSH change


SSH, on DragonFly, now defaults to allowing root logins, but does not allow plaintext password logins.  This is on new installs only, so any existing installations won’t be affected, even after upgrades.  Plaintext passwords are under constant brute-force attack for some years now, so this is probably safer.

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Notes on unprivileged building


YONETANI Tomokazu wrote up a nice bit of explanation about compiling src and pkgsrc as non-root.  He even explicitly names some useful variables to set.

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Progress with clang


Several people have been working on having DragonFly compile with clang.  Alex Hornung’s updated the clang page on the DragonFly site for details; if this interests you, a conversation on EFNet #dragonflybsd may be in order.

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pkgin, in


Sascha Wildner has added pkgin to the base DragonFly system.  It’s still present as a pkgsrc package, so it’s manageable and upgradeable with the normal pkg_* tools.   See prior discussion here for the history.

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More less


Did I already make that joke?  Oh well.  less has been updated to version 4.3.6 from a patch by Jan Lentfer.

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A few more things


Linkbloggy, briefly:

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Text Game history


The National Center for the History of Electronic Games is looking for tangible artifacts having to do with old text-based games, like Adventure or Zork.  The article includes some history, too.

(This place is in my town, and it’s eye-bleedingly awesome.  I predict that a few years from now, when people realize what this is, it will become a game history Mecca along the lines of PAX.)

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Algorithms algorithms algorithms


This blog post from Peteris Krumins lists all the publicly available Introduction to Algorithms lectures from MIT, and links to his summary for each, so you can find out what it’s like before investing in over an hour of lecture.  Very specific but very valuable stuff.

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BIND updated


I mentioned it for testing, and now it’s ready: BIND 9.5.2 is in DragonFly.

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Socket changes


Matthew Dillon is making some changes to sockets; these should make the code significantly more simple.  Look at the first patch, for instance.

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New 2.5/i386 packages


There’s a new set of pkgsrc packages for DragonFly 2.5.x, i386, built using pkgsrc-2009Q3.  Using pkg_radd will get them for you.

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Small undo fix


If anyone wants a project, there’s apparently a small undo bug that I’ve encountered.  It is a small fix in terms of changes, for any takers.

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Hammer version 4 status


There’s a status report from Matthew Dillon about his work on version 4 of Hammer, including the always enjoyable stories of tests that involve yanking the SATA cable from the drive.

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BIND update for testing


Jan Lentfer has put together a test upgrade of BIND in the base system from 9.3 to 9.5.2.  Give it a test run, especially if you are on 64-bit DragonFly.

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Tips for git


Saifi Khan asked some questions about using git; I link to two sets of answers, because these little things are useful when you are starting with git.  Or, in my case, don’t use it frequently enough to remember.

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OpenSSL updated


OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8l by Aggelos Economopoulos; this fixes a security vulnerability.  The update is available for 2.4.1 and 2.5 – update to get it.

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Messylaneous for 2009/11/07


Where I get more linkbloggy than usual:

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BSDCan 2010: May 13-14


BSDCan 2010 will be May 13th and 14th in Ottawa, Canada, with 2 days of classes beforehand.  Maybe I’ll actually make it this year, like I wish every time…

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pkg_rr extensions for the net-challenged


If you are often offline – voluntarily or involuntarily – there’s some changes coming to pkg_rolling-replace to deal with spotty online access.

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Using NVIDIA on DragonFly


This has been around for a while, but I’m re-mentioning it because it’s not really linked anywhere: Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has a version of the FreeBSD NVIDIA video driver that should work on DragonFly: http://gitweb.dragonflybsd.org/~corecode/nvidia.git.  It should be possible to clone from that link, build the code, and use it.  (Untested by me – if you’ve done it, some explicit instructions would be helpful to others.)

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It’s x86_64 now, not amd64


Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has changed 64-bit DragonFly to be tagged “x86_64″ instead of “amd64″.  It seems most other operating systems use that for 64-bit system architechure names.  So does pkgsrc, which may fix some recent builds on amd64 x86_64

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BSDTalk 179: Jacek Masiulaniec on OpenSMTPd, Epitome


OpenBSD developer Jacek Masiulaniec gets 14 minutes of airtime in the most recent BSDTalk podcast.

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ACPI update soon


Alexander Polakov has a further update for his new ACPI code.  He now even provides a DragonFly ISO image and USB image so that a new system can be installed for testing.  There’s already one positive report.  It will probably go in this weekend.

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More parallelism tests: NCPUs + 1 still


Saifi Khan ran Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert’s make parallelism test on a dual-cpu system, and the theory holds up: ‘make -j N’ where N == the number of CPUs, plus 1, will give the fastest build time.  (graphed again!)

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BSD working survey


If you use any sort of BSD product at work, the BSD Certification group wants you to take a survey.  They are building a cross section of what people are doing with BSD, and this will show what requirements should go with the certifications.  Any BSD use applies, not just DragonFly.  The more results, the better the tests, and the more value to the certifications, so we all benefit.

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SMP tests


Do you have a SMP system, running DragonFly 2.5?  Stathis Kamperis needs you to test something, to see if another set of system calls can be made multiprocessor-safe.

Update: An additional step.

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AHCI + DVD fix


If you’ve previously had problems in DragonFly with AHCI and a DVD drive, there’s a potential fix available.

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New Hammer work


Matthew Dillon’s working on a 4th iteration of Hammer, this time to address speed issues, among other things.   There’s a bunch of commits to look at so far.

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OSBR: Co-creation part 1


The first one of the Open Source Business Resource Co-Creation issues is out.  Read this if any of the open source software you use has a commercial component.  (Chances are, yes, it does.)

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Ghostscript variants going away


The pkgsrc packages ghostscript6 and ghostscript-esp are probably going to be removed.  Do `pkg_info | grep ghostscript` to see if this affects you.

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Language fixes


Any readers involved with Python source?  There’s two extant Python patches that Hasso Tepper put together for Python 2.5 and 2.4, languishing.

On a more positive note, an upstream fix for Perl was added promptly.

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