Category: DragonFly

New virtio-net driver


If you’re using DragonFly in qemu, virtualbox, whatever – but not VMWare – there’s a new virtio-net driver to try out.

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BSD Magazine for March


The March issue of BSD Magazine is out, and this month has an article written by Siju George about how his company is using DragonFly and Hammer for backups.

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One weird trick for dports


Remember: If you have a particular port that’s not building in DragonFly, there may be a patch in pkgsrc that could be brought over, as John Marino points out.

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ACPICA updated to 20140325


Sascha Wildner’s updated ACPICA to a very recent version, which happens to fix a bug in an earlier ACPICA version.

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Dynamic binaries arrive


Here’s the announcement from Francois Tigeot: DragonFly now uses dynamic binaries in the root filesystem.  You will need to do a full buildworld/buildkernel if on 3.7 and upgrading.

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Rescue initrd added


DragonFly now has a ‘rescue’ system added in, which also functions as a way to mount encrypted filesystems.  Does PAM work yet?  I don’t know; I may be linking to this earlier than I need to.

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DragonFly 3.6.2 released


Release 3.6.2 of DragonFly has been tagged, and ISO/img files are available.  This includes an updated OpenSSL for Heartbleed problems.  Here’s the changelog.  You can, if you haven’t already, update your existing 3.6 systems the normal way.

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HTTPS, OpenSSL, and dragonflybsd.org


All the dragonflybsd.org sites (www, bugs, gitweb, lists, leaf) should be available via https now, thanks to a wildcard certificate from InterNetX.  Also, all the machines have an up-to-date version (1.0.1g) of OpenSSL installed to prevent the Heartbleed issue.

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How do you test a balloon memory driver?


I’ve wanted more support for virtualized DragonFly systems.  Sascha Wildner put together an experimental balloon memory driver to test out, and I ran it on two virtual machines separately, one with it loaded and one without, on the same host system.  The problem is, I can’t tell what it does.  The two machine reported almost the exact same RAM usage during a buildworld.

Any VMWare/virtualization experts out there able to tell me what needs to be tested to verify this?

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Heartbleed and BSD


If you didn’t know what the Heartbleed bug is, here’s your explanation, plus details.  (via).  You should probably update your systems.

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Rescue RAMdisk to test


Francois Tigeot’s rescue ramdisk work is ready for testing.  You can pull it directly from his repo and try it out.  It’s surprising how small the ramdisk can be crunched.

Note: he now has a newer branch than what is in that linked message.

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bwn(4) added


You know what always makes me happy?  When someone shows up out of the blue and says “Here; I did this cause I needed it; everyone can share.”  The latest example of that is Imre Vadasz porting bwn(4), for the Broadcom BCM43xx wireless chipset over from FreeBSD to DragonFly.

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Video cards on DragonFly


In a thread about video cards on DragonFly, Francois Tigeot listed good ATI cards to try, and pointed out the VESA driver is probably your best bet right now with NVidia cards.

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Thinkpad users: update for ACPI


The acpi_thinkpad module (section?  code?) has been updated.  Update if you are on DragonFly 3.7, or be patient if you are on 3.6.

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For the next DragonFly release


I wrote up some thoughts for the next release of DragonFly.  There’s some project work in there for anyone interested.  The next release should be near the end of May.

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BSDTalk 239: Baptiste Daroussin


BSDTalk 239 is 55 minutes of talk with Baptiste Daroussin at vBSDCon 2013 about ‘pkgng’ on FreeBSD.  The BSDTalk post doesn’t mention it, but it is the same pkg tool that DragonFly uses, so Baptiste’s plans are relevant to DragonFly too.  (I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet so I don’t know how much he talks about DragonFly, specifically.)

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Timezones and political reality


Timezones are a human invention to describe the natural world, so they are changed according to human whims.  That’s a grand way to note this change in timezones that is global but I noted in a DragonFly commit of tzdata2014b – look at the last entry.

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Various USB drivers added


I’ve been away because of some home construction taking up time, but this has actually been happening for a while: plenty of USB device drivers have been getting ported in to work with the new USB4BSD stack.  My links for that are not comprehensive.

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NSS/LDAP and DragonFly


One of the requirements to get NSS/LDAP working on (most) any unixlike system is to have dynamic binaries; meaning they are dependent on various libraries to run.  Since you’re talking about programs for login when you’re talking about NSS/LDAP, that means if the libraries aren’t available, you can’t log in.  DragonFly has static binaries just to avoid that problem.

Francois Tigeot proposed switching to dynamic binaries and building a /rescue directory with static backups, as is the case with I think FreeBSD and NetBSD.  If you follow the thread, it looks like the best path is to use initrd instead.  Initrd stands for INITial Ram Disk, and is the first volume the computer sets up to boot from BIOS.  Since initrd gives the computer enough space to load all the needed modules (like Hammer2…), it works without making the computer dependent on various libraries or having a bloated /rescue directory.

(Someone correct me if I have the details wrong.)  As long as we’re talking about things that would help DragonFly in a larger environment, can someone work on a VM balloon memory driver, too?

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GUI images for DragonFly 3.6 sort of


If you noticed the lack of a GUI DVD image for the 3.6 release of DragonFly, I posted a followup note on the users@ list that talks about the steps to get X installed.  It’s not much work, with pkg set up.

IPv6 test patch


Sepherosa Ziehau has an IPv6 patch for you to try.  What’s it do?  I think it improves performance under multiple streams of traffic, but that’s from looking at the code and totally guessing.

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Hammer 2 work and notes


Matthew Dillon committed the start of a Hammer 2 cluster API. I noticed, while looking at the commit, that there’s a design document, a freemap design document, a changes list, and – most important for anyone interested – a TODO list.

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tcplay updated to 2.0


Alex Hornung has updated tcplay in DragonFly to 2.0, and cryptdisks is updated to match.  If you have a short memory, tcplay(8) is the tool on DragonFly to manage TrueCrypt volumes.  Is DragonFly the only BSD to have this?  I think so, based on very few seconds of googling.

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Some 10G results on DragonFly


In part because I asked him, Sepherosa Ziehau benchmarked 10G ix(4) with 2 ports on DragonFly.  The results?  Good, both for bandwidth and for CPU usage.

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Connection speedup for x86_64


A recent commit from Sepherosa Ziehau has a 5% improvement in the number of network connections per second a x86_64 machine can accept.  He’s also reducing the number of IPIs during network activity.  If this seems somewhat esoteric, it’s because network speeds are getting so fast that the benefits come from reducing the accompanying CPU load.

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tzdata2014a and an odd thing


Sascha Wildner updated the time zone database on DragonFly to tzdata2014a.  The odd thing isn’t that update – Sascha updates like clockwork, haha! – but the release notes.  Apparently Even Microsoft is starting to support time zone names, sorta, finally.

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Building world for 3.7 users


If you’re on DragonFly 3.7, you will need to build world before building the kernel again if you are updating to some point in the last 24 hours.  Sascha Wildner points out the related commit.

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Setting up Poudriere


Poudriere is the tool for building all of ports/dports, and Michael W. Lucas has written up his experience using it to build a custom ports set.  He’s doing on FreeBSD, but if you ignore the geom-specific parts, it should generally apply to DragonFly.

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New USB on by default


DragonFly has moved from the old USB stack to USB4BSD by default.  That means:

  • If you are already using USB4BSD, you will want to remove WANT_USB4BSD from your kernel config.
  • If you have trouble, switch back to the old USB.
  • There’s some drivers that are not yet converted; help with them would be appreciated.  
  • A full kernel/world build and ‘make upgrade’ will be needed in either case.

Sascha Wildner’s announcement email has all the gory details, including the kernel config changes to move back to the old USB setup.  This is of course in master; 3.6 users are unaffected.

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Backing up Hammer to non-Hammer volumes


Hammer’s ability to stream to remote disks is great, but what if you have storage that uses some other file system?  Antonio Huete Jimenez put together a shell script that will dump out the contents of a Hammer PFS, for upload to whatever.  Read the README for the details.

Note for docbook and upgrading


If you are upgrading packages on your DragonFly 3.6 system, and you have docbook installed, there’s an extra step needed because of the moving around of several docbook packages.  If you don’t have docbook installed – nothing to see here.

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Summer of Code 2014 followup


I followed up with Google on why DragonFly isn’t in Summer of Code this year.  It is exactly as I suspected: they want to get new organizations in.  DragonFly’s been doing it for 6 years, so they are picking new orgs over returning ones.  This is apparently the same reason NetBSD isn’t in this year, either.

(Honestly, I can use the break.)

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arcmsr(4) update


Sascha Wildner has updated arcmsr(4), which brings in support for the Areca ARC1214, ARC1224, ARC1264, ARC1284, and ARC1883 models, from FreeBSD.  Please test if you have the appropriate hardware.

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Bugs site now supports OpenID


bugs.dragonflybsd.org, the bug reporting site for DragonFly, uses Redmine.  It’s been updated and now can take OpenID for your login.

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coretemp available on DragonFly by default


Coretemp is now in the default kernel configs for DragonFly, so you can use coretemp to see your Intel CPU temperature.

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For Intel graphics users who can’t find a monitor


If you’re using the i915 driver for xorg, and xorg dies with a “No monitor specified for screen” error, there’s a config change to fix that, or you can just update.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/01


Another week where I barely need to look up source code commits.

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pfi and authorized_keys support


pfi, the automated installer that nobody knows about, now supports installing an authorized_keys file as part of an install.  Credit goes to Alex Hornung for adding the functionality.

ACPICA 20140214 brought in


Sascha Wildner brought in ACPICA 20140214, and his commit message has a list of the updates.

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Spreading DMA


The DragonFly Mail Agent is being suggested as a possible sendmail replacement for FreeBSD.

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DragonFly 3.6.1 released


I’ve tagged version 3.6.1 of DragonFly, and built ISO/img files of it.  They should be available by now on mirrors if you need them, or you can just upgrade as normal.   See the linked tag commit message for what’s changed.

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Do you have ACPI _PMM?


Grep /var/run/dmesg.boot for PMM, and if it turns up, Sepherosa Ziehau has a patch he’d like you to try.

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Clockmod replaces p4tcc


See the announcement, and the commit.  I’m not totally sure what this affects.

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i915 users: lose your monitor?


If you have i915 chipset-based video on DragonFly, and you get a “Output xxx has no Monitor section” complaint in your xorg logs, look at this fix using xrandr.

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Two AMD changes


Here’s two recent changes in DragonFly that may interest you if you have an AMD processor: Compute Units are now supported, thanks to Mihai Carabas, and Imre Vadasz ported over km(4), for temperature monitoring on 14h and 15h CPUs.  I’m still not totally clear on what Compute Units are.

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DragonFly 3.6.1 soon


As I mentioned on kernel@, I’m going to roll a point release of DragonFly soon.  Push in your changes if you want to get them in!

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3.8 release goals


Antonio Huete put together a list of goals for the next release on the DragonFly bugtracker.  Some of them are pretty ambitious, some of them are relatively easy, but they are all very useful.

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Go maintainer for DragonFly needed


We’ve got Go builders running for DragonFly, but nobody actively maintaining Go itself on DragonFly.  The dports version builds, but there’s a Go release coming up and having native support would be much better than relying on chance FreeBSD build compatibility.

The current error as I type this is a TLS problem that sounds like a simple fix, if only I knew where it was.

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For Summer of Code: >63 CPUs


Here’s a potential DragonFly and Summer of Code project: adding support for more than 63 cores to DragonFly.  Matthew Dillon has already outlined how.

ACPICA-20140114 added


There seems to be a lot of ACPI-related updates lately: Sascha Wildner has updated ACPICA in DragonFly to what I think is the very latest version.  See his commit for the differences.

There really is a daemon in there


John Marino updated daemon(8) on DragonFly.  For some reason, I didn’t know it was a standalone program.  I knew about the idea of daemons as helpers based inside the computer, which is why so many server programs end with a ‘d’ – sshd, ftpd, and so on.  Inexplicably, I never actually saw the program itself.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/08


As you read this, I’m at NYCBSDCon – or at least should be.

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C-state sysctl followup


Probably because of the C-state changes, Sepherosa Ziehau wants people to use a new set of sysctls instead of the hw.cpu_mwait* ones – at least on x86_64.  This won’t affect you if you aren’t already familiar with them, probably.

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New C-state possibilities


It’s now possible to reach deeper power-saving C-states  with DragonFly, thanks to work from Sepherosa Ziehau.  It’s possible to have it auto-adjusted by setting two sysctls.

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Summer of Code application in


I put in the application for Google Summer of Code 2014, for DragonFly.  Will we get in for a 7th year?  I hope so!

(I still want more mentors; contact me if you’re interested.)

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DragonFly and Google Summer of Code 2014


I already asked this question on kernel@, but I’ll repeat it here.  Who is interested in mentoring for DragonFly, for Google Summer of Code 2014?  The org application period is starting today, and it would be neat to do this for a seventh year in a row.

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Better ACPI C-State support


If you have an Intel-based system, and are running DragonFly master, there’s new c-states (power-saving modes) for you to try.  Sepherosa Ziehau posted a note about testing and feedback.

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Did I mention new USB?


There’s been periodic commits updating the USB4BSD support in DragonFly; I haven’t been linking to them because they are generally incremental. However, it’s good to (re?)mention just how you can build DragonFly with that new USB support.

Intel video users, please note


xf86-video-intel-2.21.15 should now work on your DragonFly system.  I don’t see it in dports, yet, though.

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Time zone changes


Recent updates to tzcode apparently fixed a long-standing time zone bug in DragonFly.  POSIX says the America/New_York timezone is picked as default if nothing else has been selected.  That didn’t happen in DragonFly – until recently.  If your timezone seemed to suddenly jump to U.S. Eastern time, that’s because you never picked before.

ACPI update


There’s a new ACPI version in DragonFly, and Sascha Wildner wants you to update your BIOS, just to be sure.

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DragonFlyBSD.org status page


Antonio Huete set up a DragonFly status page on status.io.

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Go testing for DragonFly


Brad Fitzpatrick showed up on the users@ list and mentioned that for DragonFly to be supported in Go, it needed to show up in the Go Dashboard with building reports.  I now have the Go builder running on pkgbox32/pkgbox64.dragonflybsd.org.  Check the builder page to see status.

Note: Installing the port of Go from Dports works just fine; this is the mechanism for testing Go on a per-commit basis for the people who work on Go – so a ‘fail’ notice on the builder page doesn’t necessarily mean anything, unless you are developing Go itself.  This may already be clear to you.

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DragonFly has ASLR


Address Space Layout Randomization, since 2010.  Carsten Mattner asked, and Alex Hornung answered.  (Set the sysctl vm.randomize_mmap to 1 to enable it.)

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The cheapest possible DragonFly


With everyone buying tablets lately, the low end of computers is getting pretty low-cost indeed.  Creating single-purpose computers is possible, and I was thinking of doing that to create a Go-testing system.  (Though probably not necessary for me.)  It got me to thinking, though…

How low-cost a system could run DragonFly?  The master-slave and low system requirements of Hammer lead to some interesting possibilities.  There’s no Arduino equivalent for DragonFly because there’s no DragonFly on ARM, despite all my wishing.  DragonFly has been run on Soekris systems before, and might work on a PCEngines ALIX board.  Ebay, my basement, or Craigslist are options too, but not as fun.  Who has suggestions?

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ACPICA update for testing


If you want to test out the latest (20131218) update to ACPICA, Sepherosa Ziehau’s got a patch for you.  This will be good for anyone who wants to use less electricity.  (updated to reflect this doesn’t enable deeper C-states as I thought it did.)

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ACPI updates and power states


ACPI has been updated in DragonFly by Sepherosa Ziehau, to potentially support the very low-power sleep states available with Haswell CPUs.

Note: Sepherosa clarified that the lower power states are not available – yet.

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32-bit DragonFly 3.7 and dports


There are no binary packages built for dports, on DragonFly 3.7, for 32-bit machines, at this time.  Pierre Abbat found this out.  You can build from source, of course, or just use 3.6 packages.  Don’t forget -DBATCH to avoid getting asked for build options when building from source.

Testing USB4BSD


Markus Pfeiffer has added more of his work on USB4BSD to DragonFly, and a reminder: if you want to try it out, there’s just a few options to set.

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Trackpad support summary


I didn’t post this before, and should have: Matthew Dillon posted a summary of all the trackpad improvements he added, and how to make use of the various features.

Other network improvements


Sepherosa Ziehau is continually trying to squeeze more network performance into DragonFly.  I’m not always so good at pointing it out, but here’s several commits from him that improve performance on several chipsets.

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Hal, dbus, and VMWare tip. Also pkg locking


Warren Postma found that hal and dbus caused a crash in VMWare for DragonFly.  The answer is to use moused, not dbus.

Also, if you want to keep a custom or just older package from dports on your system, as karu.pruun did, ‘pkg lock’ is the answer.

cyapa mousepad support grows


Matthew Dillon is continuing his work on chromebook hardware, and he’s been playing with the multi-touch touchpad.  There’s a number of new features based on position and the number of fingers used.

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Netmap on the way


Franco Fitchner is bringing in netmap to DragonFly.  I don’t think it’s complete yet.

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GSoC: SysV IPC code added in


Markus Pfieffer has committed Larisa Grigore’s Google Summer of Code work, “SysV IPC in userspace”.  It’s been a bit since the event finished, but it’s in DragonFly now.

DragonFly on a Chromebook c720


Matthew Dillon acquired one of the Acer c720 Chromebooks recently.  There were changes needed for the boot process, for the keyboard, an update from FreeBSD for the ath(4) wireless (g), smbus, and trackpad… but it works now, and he detailed exactly how to get it running, and even upgrade the drive.

 

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RTL8191SE support


‘M M’ had trouble with his “Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC” on DragonFly some time ago.  He was able to get it working, and he documented the somewhat convoluted procedure here.

Tracking the bleeding edge of DragonFly


If you want to track the bleeding edge of DragonFly, which is currently version 3.7, I happened to describe it in a reply to Filippo Moretti, on users@.  Long-time users will know this/do this already, but it’s worth repeating just because new users may not realize how easy it is.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/04


Things are picking up again after the break.

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ixgbe(4) updated


The ixgbe(4) driver, for a number of Intel 10Gb network cards, has been updated by Sepherosa Ziehau to version 2.5.15.  Note that this changes the interface name to ‘ix’ by default.  This driver is actually written by Intel.

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