Month: September 2010

Git mirror for pkgsrc being rebuilt


Our mirror of the never-quite-official git repository for pkgsrc is being rebuilt, so it will be temporarily inaccessible.  Matthew Dillon is working on building a new one directly from pkgsrc CVS, which will have a different link.

Update: It’s finished.  Matthew Dillon’s posted a summary of the changes and what you need to update in order to use it.

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BSD Show! – Olander, Schwartz


The BSD Show! has a 15 minute talk with Matt Olander about MeetBSD, and a 14-minute B-Side with Randal Schwartz, who writes books and does podcasts.  (there, even more to listen to now.)

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BSDTalk 198: MeetBSD Cali 2010


BSDTalk 198 has 12 minutes of conversation with Matt Olander and James T. Nixon, about MeetBSD.  (which is November 5th and 6th.)

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x86_64 bootable help, revisited


It looks like my prior article was incorrect: it was a different issue than MADT causing problems with booting x86_64.  Scrambled memory report appears to be at the heart of the issue; in any case, it’s fixed now.

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Flash 9 on DragonFly


Chris Turner wrote up his experience of getting Flash 9 to work on DragonFly.  The usual disclaimers apply.

Update: there’s an improved library available that fixes some audio and video sync problems.

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OpenSSL notes


Peter Avalos wrote a note that better summarized my earlier post, and mentioned a problem/workaround with ssh and non-md5 MACs.

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x86_64 bootable help, sorta


John Marino found that when he couldn’t boot a x86_64 development image in Virtualbox, setting the sysctl hw.madt_probe_test=1 seemed to make a difference long enough to boot, though it still crashed later.  It’s worth trying if there’s no other way to boot, at least.

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Revised pkgsrc guide


I’ve drastically revamped the pkgsrc howto on the dragonflybsd.org website.  It’s also linked in that site’s menu, too.  Comments please!

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Welcome back, you two


Two committers who went dormant some time ago:  Nuno Antunes and Robert Garrett.  Two committers who recently became active again?  Nuno Antunes and Robert Garrett.  Welcome, back, guys.  Developers tend to be active in open source only for as long as they’ve got an itch to scratch, so it’s always great to see a return.

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Don’t upgrade, do recompile


A bump in shared library version for libssl/libcrypto means that any programs dependent on it will require a rebuild – including any pkgsrc programs.

This only affects you if you are running 2.7, for now.  It means that on upgrading from 2.6 to 2.8, any libssl-using programs will need to be updated.  This may not be a big thing, since pkgsrc-2010Q3 will also be out and people will want to upgrade anyway.

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Lazy Reading: subversion, packaging, beams


A small crop for Lazy Reading this week – oh well.

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Binary package upgrade issue


I’ve noticed that if you have older pkgsrc packages installed, and install binary packages for pkgsrc-2010Q2, those packages will refuse to install if pkg_install is an older version than what they were built with.

I ended up force-deleting pkg_install and bmake, and reinstalling by running pkgtools/bootstrap/bootstrap.  There may be better solutions; I’m mentioning it now since it’s a known problem.

Update: “bmake replace USE_DESTDIR=yes” was suggested by Joerg Sonnenberger.  “pkg_add -u /path/to/newer/pkg_install” should also work (untested).

This will probably apply to the upcoming pkgsrc-2010Q3, too.  Building from source is a workaround for now.

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Squid issues


Jan Lentfer updated his version of squid, and had issues; this is a note for anyone else running squid to maybe wait before upgrading.  Note that this applies to the development version of squid, not necessarily the pkgsrc version.

Update: No, wait, it’s OK.

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Crater disk craters


A hard disk in crater.dragonflybsd.org, where the repo for DragonFly source is located, died last night.  The disk has been replaced, and the files should all be back in place later today.  Double-check if you committed something in the last 24 hours and make sure it’s there, just to be safe.

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Project lists galore


If you were looking for something to do, Samuel J. Greear has invested some time in cleaning up the various project idea pages out there, and has links to prove it.

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The return of Fred


Did you know Fred is the name for the DragonFly mascot?  Well, you do now.  He’s also back in the bootloader, thanks to Joe Talbott.

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pkgsrc database, compiler changes


I mentioned previously that Postgres 9 is already in pkgsrc, but the flip side of that is both Postgres 8.2, and MySQL 4 are being removed.  If you still have these installed, be ready to migrate at your next upgrade.

Oh, and you can switch to clang for building pkgsrc, too.

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2.8 release in a few weeks


It looks like 2.8 will be showing up in a few weeks – mid-October.  If things go well, we’ll have prebuilt pkgsrc-2010Q3 binaries to go with it.

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Idlezero, explained


Venkatesh Srinivas (whee!) has written up a lengthy post about his idlezero work.  It provides a nice peek into recent work, and how parts of DragonFly work.  I’d normally save it for a Lazy Reading entry, but I don’t want to wait that long.  It should hopefully show up on the dragonflybsd.org site too.

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Freeze for pkgsrc-2010Q3 starting soon


Starting September 23rd, pkgsrc will freeze (i.e. bugfixes only) in preparation for the 2010Q3 release, which is planned for one week later, instead of the usual 2 weeks.  This release will include some very new software like Postgres 9, too.

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“Why did you choose DragonFly?”


Samuel J. Greear asks that question, and there’s ongoing discussion of that idea – follow the threads.

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BSDTalk 197: M. Warner Losh and FreeNAS


BSDTalk has another new episode, (197… almost at the 2-century mark!), and it has 37 minutes of conversation with M. Warner Losh about FreeNAS.

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rpkgmanager, a want-list based pkgsrc manager


Some time ago, there was an application called pkgmanager, available in pkgsrc-wip.   It worked by tracking ‘wanted’ packages in pkgsrc, and upgrading based on that list.  It hasn’t been updated in some time, however, and may not even build.

‘Rumko’ has written a replacement, called rpkgmanager.   The Gitorious page linked in the previous sentence includes the URL to download the code via Git, so it’s available to try now even though it’s not yet in pkgsrc.

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New BSD Show!: MidnightBSD


The BSD Show! (am I supposed to include that ! every time?  I’m not sure.) has a 10-minute interview with Caryn Holt of MidnightBSD.  Also, the B-side of the interview is up.

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AHCI update with new chipset support


In an effort to support a new system with an AMD 880G chipset, Matthew Dillon has updated the AHCI driver.  If you have SATA drives using AHCI, please test.  (with any chipset, not just 880G.)

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Encrypted HAMMER volumes possible


I haven’t covered this enough: thanks to Alex Hornung, it’s possible to create a HAMMER volume and have it be encrypted.  Matthias Schmidt has done just this, and has provided an rconfig(8) script to automate the process.  (Or to crib from if you prefer to do it by hand.)

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twa, ips RAID driver updates


Sascha Wildner has brought in some changes to twa(4), for various 3ware RAID controllers, from FreeBSD.  Also, YONETANI Tomokazu has added PCI IDs fixed up files for Adaptec ServeRAID 7x ips (4) devices.

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Vkernels now start faster, run faster


Two recent changes in the way virtual kernels are constructed should make a speed difference.  The startup time is reduced (and more memory can be given to the vkernel), and the overall running speed should be quicker, too.

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pf MPSAFE, mostly


DragonFly’s version of pf (corresponding with OpenBSD’s 4.2 version) is now multiprocessor safe, to match the network stack.  pf itself isn’t using multiple processors; it’s just able to work without causing problems in an otherwise MPSAFE environment, thanks again to Jan Lentfer.  Note that there’s one minor caveat.

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Swapoff is on


Swapoff has been added to DragonFly.  This was a potential Summer of Code project, and also happened to have a bounty offered for it.  $300 goes to Ilya Dryomov.  If money for code like this interests you, check the Code Bounties page for more projects…

Dear universe: improved interrupt routing, or deduplication in HAMMER would make me happy.  I’m not picky.

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More podcasts! BSDTalk 196: NYCBSDCon


It’s another BSD audio recording!  Our cup runneth over, as long as you have a cup that holds audio recordings.  BSDTalk 196 has Mark Saad and George Neville-Neil, talking for 10 minutes about NYCBSDCon 2010.

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Lazy reading: toeplitz, forking, curating, Nethack


I totally meant to post this yesterday.  Oops!

BSD Show! B-Side: pfSense


Another B-Side show, this time with additional recordings from the pfSense show.

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BSD Show! B-sides: with me again


After the BSD Show episode with me talking about DragonFly finished, we continued joking around for a good while; Gamaral of the BSD Show! has edited that together into a “B-side“.  Enjoy!  By this point, I was relaxed, so I sound better.

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Some wireless drivers return


Due to changes in networking, most of the wireless drivers in 2.7 stopped working a few days ago.  Joe Talbott’s “brought back” iwi, ral, and wi.  If you’re running 2.7 and using one of those drivers, it should be safe, relatively, to upgrade to a newer 2.7.

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BSD Show!: pfSense


This week’s BSD Show! has 25 minutes of talking with Jim Pingle about pfSense.

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Even more network changes


A little work has snowballed into even more of the network systems in DragonFly being pulled apart in order to get rid of the Giant Lock.   It may delay the 2.8 release by a week or two, but it’s already paying dividends, such as NFSv3 now performing at maximum physically possible speeds on gigabit Ethernet.

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More magazines make many mimprovements


(I ran out of alliterative words, sorry.) Venkatesh Srinivas has committed his work on memory allocation; his commit message has details.  He’s kindly provided a link to the article that inspired the per-thread magazine work.  He’s also provided graphs to show comparative performance benefits of his new memory allocator on DragonFly and on FreeBSD.

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pf updated again to 4.2


Jan Lentfer has now updated pf in DragonFly to version 4.2, on top of his earlier work to get to 4.1.  This upgrade apparently doubles speed from 4.1, plus he’s brought in some other, later fixes.  Thanks for doing a superhuman amount of work, Jan!

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Wireless ripped out, being replaced


Well, technically not ripped out, just serialized roughly.  This means if you update your DragonFly 2.7 machine in the next few days, the wireless drivers may not work, except for (I think) ath(4).  They should return, better, by next week.

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Areca cards supported, with credit


Apparently the recently committed support for Areca RAID cards came with some help directly from Areca, facilitated by Venkatesh Srinivas.  Perhaps next time you’re searching for a RAID card, consider Areca in light of the effort they are willing to contribute for an open-source project…

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Dru Lavigne interview


Dru Lavigne has an interview in Distrowatch.  Some of it is generic “talk about BSD licensing and etc. only in relation to Linux” style questions, but her answers are well thought-out.  (via)

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Lazy reading: the return of ACID, SSI, weirdness


    A smaller set of links, but still the same volume of reading material.

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    BSD Show!: me


    I’m on the latest BSD Show! podcast.  I haven’t listened to it yet – hope I came through OK.

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    BSD Magazine: cross-platform


    The September issue of BSD Magazine is about BSD and Linux.  It’s a free download!

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    TCP-MD5 support


    David BÉRARD has an patch for TCP-MD5 support; if this interests you, please test.

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    Boot loader replaced


    A familiar procedure in any open source project: irritation causes improvement.  In this case, the Forth-based boot loader irritated Matthew Dillon into writing a new replacement C-based one.  (See the commit too, and it may slightly affect the upgrade process for 2.7 users.)

    All these recent locking changes seem to be adding up to a much more responsive system, incidentally.

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    September OSBR: Keystone companies


    The September issue of the Open Source Business Resource is out, with the theme of “Keystone companies”.  “Platform base development” may be a clearer if less exact phrase.

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    A reference for pkgsrc make, again


    There’s a whole lot of options for bmake, used in pkgsrc, and they aren’t immediately obvious.  I’ve linked to a reference before, but it’s no longer at that location.  However, I found a new link!

    Another BSD Show! item


    I missed this before, but Gerard van Essen linked to it: there’s a BSD Show! episode from 2010-06-22 with James T. Nixon from PC-BSD, in addition to the other episodes I linked recently.

    (I was recorded for the show tonight – it was fun!)

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    BSD Certification Professional requirements out


    The Professional Certification requirements are now published.  (via)  The tests happen at various conventions  around the world, so plan ahead and you should be able to find one near you.

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    Upgrading pkgsrc from 2010Q1 to 2010Q2


    As I found out directly, upgrading from pkgsrc version 2010Q1 to 2010Q2 has a minor quirk: binary packages for 2010Q2 will refuse to install with an older version of pkg_install.  Rebuild pkgtools/pkg_install to the 2010Q2 version and the problem will go away.

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