# Category: pkgsrc

## gcc 4.7.2 and pkgsrc, a test

John Marino did a bulk build of pkgsrc using gcc 4.7.2, and posted the results.  The result?  About 1% of packages that built with gcc 4.4 did not build with 4.7.2.  Whether that’s a problem with gcc or a problem with how each of those software packages were created by the original authors, I don’t know.

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## DragonFly 3.2 and pkgsrc-2012Q3

I’m planning for DragonFly 3.2 to come with pkgsrc-2012Q3, the most recent release.  I’m building binary packages to match, and the build should complete by the time we release on the 22nd…

Notice I said “should” – sometimes the universe conspires against bulk builds.

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## Lazy Reading for 2012/10/07

DragonFly 3.2 branches tomorrow if all goes to plan. Until then, I have a lot of reading here for you.

Your unrelated link of the week: Dog Shaming.  I have a parrot, rabbit, and lizard.  They seem like easy, normal pets compared to some of these stories.

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## CDE work plus DragonFly

I mentioned open-sourced CDE here before, but it makes me happy to see someone planning to do a bunch of work on it that will hopefully make it upstream, and specifically include DragonFly.

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## State of the Desktop for DragonFly

David Shao posted a nice writeup of what works and what does not for DragonFly as a desktop, from pkgsrc.  It actually sounds pretty good other than issues with a recent cairo update that I think affected multiple platforms.

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## New perl, old python

Since the most recent branch of pkgsrc has been released, perl5 in pkgsrc has been updated to 5.16.1, and (ancient) python 2.5 has been removed.

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## pkgsrc-2012Q3 is out

Pkgsrc-2012Q3 is out, and there’s an extensive release announcement to go with it.  It’s worth reading; there’s a few packages that will not be supported after this quarter’s release, and a whole lot of new ones.

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## Broken packages list for pkgsrc-2012Q3

There’s a post on the mailing list tech-pkg@netbsd.org of currently broken packages for the next quarterly release.   It’s not a lot of stuff, but if something you need is on there, don’t worry too much.  If you follow the thread through its replies, there’s a lot of fixing going on.

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## Pkgsrc freeze has started

See the note on pkgsrc-users@.  The next quarterly release, pkgsrc-2012Q3, should be fully baked by the end of the month, if all goes well.

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## pkgsrc freeze for 2012Q3 starts tomorrow

As seen in this pkgsrc-users@ post from Thomas Klausner, the freeze for pkgsrc-2012Q3 starts on Sunday and continues for (probably) two weeks before the release.

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## A potential new pkgsrc site

If you look at new.pkgsrc.org, you will see what may become a new site.  This is apparently a test, so don’t react as if this was the actual site.

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## Lazy Reading for 2012/08/26

There’s certainly no theme to this week’s links.  I even manage to avoid my usual git and vim links, strangely.

Your unrelated comic link of the week: Cul De Sac.   The strip is ending due to the creator’s health issues, but what he has done is marvelous.  This is one of the few newspaper strips that is both visually interesting and often abruptly laugh out loud funny, without being patronizing.

Posted by     Categories: Hammer, Lazy Reading, pkgsrc, roguelike, UNIXish

## What to fix next for pkgsrc

John Marino has been on a tear fixing pkgsrc packages, and he posted a list of what he considers the most necessary packages to get working on DragonFly.  Several people have already stepped up and fixed them if you follow the thread.  If one of these packages is something you use, it’s worth looking at.

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## Tcl and fuse news

John Marino is working on updating tcl in pkgsrc.  It’s apparently quite messy to update, which may be why it has sat out of date for some time.  Never one to rest, he’s also been making FUSE filesystems work on DragonFly.  (Here’s a FUSE explanation, if you need it.)

Also this.  Someday I’m going to write a “games on DragonFly” feature, or series.

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## More pkgsrc bulk

John Marino finished another bulk build of pkgsrc, and reports a 96.4% package success rate, using DragonFly and pkgsrc-current.   We’re just a week or so from the next quarterly pkgsrc freeze, come to think of it…

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## Two different pkgsrc reports

I recently completed a bulk build of pkgsrc-2012Q2 on 64-bit DragonFly, though I still haven’t had a successfuly 32-bit build.  However, John Marino has a report of how many packages are working on DragonFly in pkgsrc-current.  (Answer: more than 95%)

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## BSDTalk 218: Michael W. Lucas, also ports/pkgsrc opinions

I’m back home and getting back into things, so here’s thing one:  Michael W. Lucas was interviewed at BSDCan 2012 for 16 minutes about his recent and upcoming books.

Lucas also recently talked about a problem with port installation on FreeBSD.  What he says there I think applies to pkgsrc as well.

(I haven’t even read my email yet, gee whiz.)

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## Upcoming Postgres update in pkgsrc

According to Aleksej Saushev, pkgsrc is going to start defaulting to Postgres 9.1 instead of Postgres 8.4 by default, in just a few weeks.  That means an upgrade in the next quarterly release, so keep that in mind.

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## Pkgsrc success rate

John Marino sent a nice email to users@ about the improvements in build success for pkgsrc since May – and I can’t find it in the mailarchive.  I’ll paste a summary after the break.

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## Do you use TeX?

I don’t, but I know there are people that do.  That’s why I’m pointing out this discussion where it appears that TeXLive 2012 won’t support NetBSD, which may mean no DragonFly either.  There’s the not-yet-packaged alternative kertex.  TeXLive is in pkgsrc, so I don’t know if that means the package will be discontinued or just altered.

(Please correct me where I go wrong here; I’m not very familiar with this, but it sounds like a drastic enough change that it should be mentioned.)

Update: as several people pointed out, it’s just prebuilt binary versions that aren’t being provided upstream.  The packages will all still be present in pkgsrc.  So, no functional change for most everyone.

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## Check your Samba version

… because versions 3.0 and 3.3 will be leaving pkgsrc soon-ish.  You’d probably want to update anyway, but this is just in case you haven’t been upgrading too vigorously.

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## pkgsrc-2012Q2 released

The release announcement for pkgsrc-2012Q2 is out.  New in this quarterly release: statistics about clang and pkgsrc.  A surprisingly large number of packages build just fine with clang instead of gcc.

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## Lazy Reading for 2012/07/01

It’s summer, and I’m too warm.  I’m whiny but still making with the links:

Your unrelated link of the day: The Kleptones are great, and this collection of the music that influenced Paul Simon’s Graceland is a wonderful find.  A happier album I’ve never heard.  I feel nostalgic for the days when you had to actually search for music.

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## Numbering changes for emacs in pkgsrc

Emacs in pkgsrc is going to be all numbered versions, as in emacs24 and emacs25, etc.  Installing just ‘emacs’ will get the current default version, which is emacs 2.4 24.1 right now and I think will be emacs 2.5.  All this will come after the pkgsrc freeze for 2012Q2 is over, which means it will be next month.  Follow the thread on tech-pkg@netbsd.org for details, or to figure out what I said wrong in my summary.

I always talk about vi and vi-like items here, so here’s my ‘equal time’ post.

Update: as several people pointed out, I had version numbers wrong.  The story is corrected to make it slightly less wrong.

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## Lazy Reading for 2012/06/17

I have such a surplus of links these days that I started this Lazy Reading two weeks ago.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Elfquest, every issue ever.  The dialogue is cheesy but the original art is fun, in a way that grabbed me when I read it at 10 years of age.

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## pkgsrc now frozen, with announcement

I know I already posted that this was on the way, but this time, the quarterly pkgsrc freeze is starting with a detailed announcement. 2 weeks until the next release, if everything goes well.

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## PHP 5.4 in, PHP 5.2 out

If you’re using some PHP application that requires the old behavior of PHP 5.2, you will need to specify that version of PHP – pkgsrc is moving to version 5.4 5.3 as default, with version 5.4 available.   (thanks, Takahiro Kambe for the update.)

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## pkgsrc freeze for 2012Q2 starts on the 16th

The freeze for pkgsrc-2012Q2 starts on the 16th of June, as recently announced.  Freezes are usually 2 weeks, so that means 2012Q2 should be tagged at the end of June.

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## Secure your MySQL setup

This was going to go into a Lazy Reading post, but then I realized it shouldn’t.  Here’s the source: “A Tragically Comedic Security Flaw in MySQL” (via)

The short version: MySQL, compiled a certain way, will allow 1 out of 256 root login attempts to work no matter what.  I was going to link to this for the startlingly large number of MySQL installations found allowing connections from the public Internet, which means breaking into any affected servers would be easy.  Then I thought about it…  I don’t see a my.cnf installed by pkgsrc for at least MySQL 5.1 by default.

To fix this for your own installation, put

[mysqld]
bind-address=127.0.0.1

in /usr/pkg/etc/my.cnf to disallow remote connections.  I don’t know if MySQL on DragonFly from pkgsrc is vulnerable to the issue, but it’s a good idea to not allow remote connections to the database, and ought to be on by default.

Or just use Postgres, if possible.

Posted by     Categories: Heads Up!, pkgsrc, Someday you will need this

## Lazy Reading for 2012/06/10

I got to use the ‘roguelike’ tag again this week, which always makes me happy.  Surprisingly, it’s not about… that roguelike.

Your unrelated link of the week: I happen to work at a salt mining operation, which leads to some unique problems (more).  Mining in the US is regulated by MSHA, which has been cracking down since the Upper Big Branch incident. MSHA issues  ‘fatalgrams‘ every time a miner dies.  MSHA also shows up on site as soon as possible, which means they are there taking pictures within a few minutes, with equipment still running.  It’s essentially crime scene photos, and a little worrying; many of the deaths are of people around my age with similar experience.

## Multi-architecture pkgsrc packages

Pkgsrc already runs on a large number of different platforms, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  In this case, Joyent, which uses pkgsrc internally, has a suggested change that makes binaries usable on both 32 and 64 bit systems.  I don’t know if this will go into pkgsrc proper, but it’s interesting to see.

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## Xorg updates in pkgsrc

Apparently a lot of modular-xorg packages in pkgsrc received updates.  I think I found some of the changes, but probably not all, so I don’t have a good way to sum up the actual effect.

Update: see the end of this cvsweb pkgsrc CHANGES-2012 page for all the changed parts.

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## GNU utilities, correctly named

There’s a number of packages out there that assume you are using the GNU versions of ls, wc, and so on.  However, you aren’t when using a BSD system.  Pkgsrc has historically dealt with this when GNU tools are needed for a package by prefixing them with a ‘g’.  ‘ls’ becomes ‘gls’, and so on.  Aleksey Cheusov proposed a fix to keep these utilities under their original names, which I think will go into the next quarterly pkgsrc release.

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## Pkgsrc removal policy set out

Pkgsrc packages that have source files that can’t be redistributed, and go missing for the length of an entire quarterly release, will get removed.  They are effectively broken at that point anyway.

That policy is now formally in place; I don’t think there was a clear prescription before.

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## Building pkgsrc with clang

I think I’ve mentioned building DragonFly with clang before, but not pkgsrc.  There’s two variables to set, plus some special handling for libf2c.  Thomas Klausner has details.  This is not tested on DragonFly.

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## How to upgrade pkgsrc packages

DragonFly has a page on updating pkgsrc, and so does NetBSD.  I don’t think I linked to the latter before, but even if I didn’t, it’s still useful.

Posted by     Categories: DragonFly, NetBSD, pkgsrc, Someday you will need this

## Have i386 DragonFly? Want to try wine?

If you have a i386 DragonFly machine, emulators/wine-devel should now work.

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## Is anyone playing these games?

John Marino proposed cutting several game demos from pkgsrc.  I don’t think they are playable at this point, even if you have the missing source files.

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## Even better pkgsrc status

John Marino posted a report of pkgsrc-currentbuilding on DragonFly i386.  The success rate for package building is so good that the “top” package break was security/libpreludedb, with only 9 dependencies.  Everything else was less than that.  I have never seen a pkgsrc build report before with only single-digit figures for dependent breakage; this is fantastic.

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## PHP 5.4 status in pkgsrc

Takahiro Kambe is bringing PHP 5.4 into pkgsrc, probably as lang/php54.  Follow the whole thread for a discussion of version numbering.  As a side effect of this, PHP 5.2 will leave pkgsrc by the next quarterly pkgsrc release.  If you’re using that older flavor, you’ll want to upgrade.

Posted by     Categories: Goings-on, pkgsrc

## An Apache 2.4 bug, worked around

Apparently Apache 2.4 has a bug that will cause network stalls when sending data that doesn’t line up with segment size.  Sepherosa Ziehau has put in a workaround for the issue.  Alternately, you can use www/apache22.

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## Pkgsrc doing better on DragonFly

Thanks to the efforts of John Marino and others, pkgsrc is having possibly the highest success rate ever of successful package software builds.  If only I could get a pkgsrc-2012Q1 build to complete and upload…

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## Lazy Reading for 2012/05/06

Drowning in links this week.  Is that so bad?  No.

Your unrelated links of the week: Turntablism.  I was talking about assembled music last week, and this is a whole area to itself.  Watch Kid Koala turn a few seconds of trumpet playing into an entire blues progression.

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## Upgrading to pkgsrc-2012Q1

Here’s a post by yours truly, on how to move to pkgsrc-2012Q1 though building from source.  This is for anyone sick of waiting for me to finish the binary build of pkgsrc.

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## Packages that will go, and packages that might go

There’s a few pkgsrc packages that might be going the way of the dodo, soon.  There’s a few more that need love, so speak up if you use them.  Maybe you can be the Somebody™ that fixes them?

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## Where are the pkgsrc-2012Q1 binary packages for DragonFly?

I’m still working on building them.  I kept getting panics, which seem to be fixed by this commit, so I should have something soon.  Sorry!

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## OpenJDK7 building

Based on a recent post from Chris Turner to the tech-pkg@netbsd.org mailing list, here’s a bug report that should get you to a working lang/OpenJDK7 pkgsrc package.

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## pkginteractive: graphical pkgin

Julian Fagir has put together a graphical – meaning it works under curses in a terminal, or under X - interface to pkgin, the binary package manager.  Can someone try it and describe how well it works?

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## Some more pkgsrc expunging

There’s several packages that will be removed from pkgsrc after the 2012Q2 branch, since they haven’t worked in a long time.  Also, Python 2.4 has been removed from pkgsrc-current and 2.5 will go the same way before the end of the year.

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## pkgsrc-2012Q1 is branched

The next quarterly release of pkgsrc, pkgsrc-2012Q1, has been branched.  I’ll start building binary packages momentarily.

The branch should show up in DragonFly git later today.  Once available, you can change any references to ‘pkgsrc-2011Q4′ in /usr/Makefile to ‘pkgsrc-2012Q1′, and then to switch to it:

1. cd /usr/pkgsrc
2. git branch pkgsrc-2012Q1 origin/pkgsrc-2012Q1
3. git checkout pkgsrc-2012Q1
4. git pull

At that point, you can start building and installing newer applications.  For more details on that, check the pkgsrc guide on the DragonFly website.

Note that you don’t have to do that; you can stick with the 2011Q4 (or earlier) packages you have installed now, if you don’t want to deal with software changes right now, or if you want to wait for the binary packages to become available.  Upgrades/security fixes only happen for the latest quarterly release, though.

Note: don’t assume I tested this before advising you to do it, or anything like that.  I mean, come on.

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## Packages that might go away, or not?

There’s been some discussion of packages that have been broken for a long time in pkgsrc, over on the tech-pkg@netbsd.org mailing list.  It’s interesting to see just what breaks these packages, though it still seems up in the air whether any will be removed or not.  (Follow the thread if you have time.)  I don’t think the discussion has ended yet.

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## Plans for pkgsrc

I just removed old pkgsrc binary packages for DragonFly 2.6/2.7 from avalon, so if somehow you are running a version of DragonFly that old, and still using binary packages, you’ll want to upgrade.  I’m pretty confident that describes nobody.

Also, I have plans for coordinating the next pkgsrc release of 2012Q1, due April 6th, with the probably next minor upgrade of DragonFly, 3.0.3.  I wrote out my plans already, so go read.  (plus followup)

Posted by     Categories: DragonFly, Goings-on, pkgsrc

## Another pkgsrc bulk build report

This report from yours truly is using pkgsrc-current, so it reflects some of what will show up in pkgsrc-2012Q1.  John Marino has already fixed some of the “top breakage” items, so the numbers should be even better for the next one…

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## Freeze for pkgsrc-2012Q1 has started

It runs from now to April 6th, so nothing but bug fixes in pkgsrc until then.  If you have any package fixes you needed, now’s the time to ask someone.

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## Are you using old packages?

We have pkgsrc binaries still around for DragonFly 2.6/2.7.  As I posted, I’d like to get rid of them.  Would that inconvenience anyone?

We don’t have a set expiration policy.  We probably should.

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## Things for, and not for, the next pkgsrc branch

That’s pkgsrc-2012Q1 I’m talking about.  It appears KDE will jump from 4.5 (what’s there now) to 4.8, and Zope/Plone will be removed.  This will make you happy or sad depending on whether you have these things installed.

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## Freeze is coming to pkgsrc

The freeze for the next version of pkgsrc, 2012Q1, will start March 22nd and end with the quarterly release being released on April 6th.

(I hope someone gets the joke.)

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## Build report for pkgsrc

For the curious, I recently sent a bulk build report for pkgsrc-2011Q4 to the lists.  Other than ruby-193 (which is fixed in pkgsrc HEAD thanks to John Marino), we’re looking pretty good!  I’m curious if KDE or Gnome could actually get installed via binary; that’s sort of an ultimate goal due to the number of packages involved.

Speaking of Ruby, the default in pkgsrc may change soon, along with some of the involved Rails packages.

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## Older Python not dead yet

A few days ago, I posted about Python 2.4 and Python 2.5 leaving pkgsrc – it looks like it’ll be a little bit longer, at least for the 2.5 version.  This means the Zope packages will be gone too, since they depend on Python 2.4.  This won’t affect you if you aren’t using these packages, of course.

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## Python changes in pkgsrc

The default version of Python in pkgsrc is going to become 2.7.  This will mean the 2012Q1 release will use that version by default.  Older versions, meaning Python 2.4 and 2.5, may be going away.  At least, that’s how the linked thread started but I’m not totally sure about it as I read farther through.

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## Things I’ve never seen before, in pkgsrc

I was reading an article about how Tumblr scaled to handle the huge amount of data it’s regularly pushing out.  Apparently, it started life as a traditional LAMP stack, but they’ve since moved on – to software packages I have not yet needed to ever use.  Being open source software, it all has crazy names.  Some of these packages are perfectly familiar to me now, but others are completely new.

Anyway, for fun, I decided to see how many of these sometimes new-to-me packages were present in pkgsrc.  I’ll reproduce a paragraph from the story that lists the software they use, and link each one that I found in pkgsrc.

That’s actually more than I thought I’d find, though I can’t articulate why.  Anyway, if any of the names are unfamiliar to you, now is the time to follow up.   Redis, for example, looks more interesting to me at a casual glance than the normal NoSQL models I’ve heard about.

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## Some BSD Multimedia

Here’s several things to look at:

Michael Lucas’s “BSD Needs Books” talk from NYCBSDCon 2010, on Youtube.  I’ve talked about it before because I saw it in person; it’s a good talk.  Ironically, he talks about getting a publisher interested in your book, and he just self-published.

Hubert Feyrer linked to the slides of two pkgsrc talks at FOSDEM; one about bringing pkgsrc to MirBSD, and one about pkgin, which is included in DragonFly.

Posted by     Categories: BSD, Conventions, pkgsrc

## NetBSD Hackathon, February 10-12

There’s a NetBSD Hackathon going on February 10th through 12th, mostly online.  I mention this because it may have some effect on pkgsrc, used by both NetBSD and DragonFly.  Hackathons for pkgsrc usually happen separately, but no harm in keeping an eye out for any positive benefits.

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## Updating Samba to 3.6

I’m posting this because it will save someone (possibly me) an hour of aggravation someday.  If you are updating Samba from version 3.0 or 3.3 to a later version, it’ll take your existing config but possibly silently break on user authentication.

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## Up-to-date packages and pkgsrc

Ulrich Habel wants to update some of the Perl 5 modules in pkgsrc.  He published a request for comments, describing what he plans to do for changing some dependencies.  He does note that Perl 5 in pkgsrc is at 5.14.2, which is very recent.

I was talking to a relative today who works at a large financial company, which is standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise.  I find it strange that Red Hat, which has a lot of money behind it, still ships a years-old and arguably broken version of perl.   By using pkgsrc, you’re getting more up-to-date software than people that actually shell out money for the privilege of compiling software.

Posted by     Categories: Goings-on, pkgsrc

## If you liked KDE3, you’ll like this

If you liked KDE3, you may like Trinity.  Matthias Drochner would like you to help get it in pkgsrc.

Posted by     Categories: DragonFly, pkgsrc

## How long until DragonFly 3.0?

The answer is “not very”.  As I wrote in a post to kernel@, DragonFly 3.0 will be tagged soon, and released when there’s pkgsrc-2011Q4 packages to go with it.  Probably a week if everything goes to plan.

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## Gnat-aux is the way to go

John Marino has pointed out, with a number of examples, that gnat-aux is the best pkgsrc-based compiler for DragonFly right now, in terms of compatibility and support.  It’s certainly good news if you are an Ada programmer.  He lists some interesting numbers to demonstrate this superiority, though you can’t buildworld with it yet.  (gcc 4.4, on DragonFly as part of the system, will do this normally.)

Posted by     Categories: DragonFly, Goings-on, pkgsrc

## How to get DNSSEC going

I just mentioned DNSSEC in last week’s Lazy Reading, and here’s a “How to get DNSSEC with BIND 9.8.1 working” article from Michael Lucas.  It’s pretty simple…  Conveniently, BIND 9.8.1 is available in pkgsrc as net/bind98.

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## A pile of sh and pam fixes

Peter Avalos added an avalanche of updates for PAM and sh, so I’ll link to a few of themThe changes are mostly sourced from FreeBSD.  The PAM changes remove pam_krb5 and pam_ksu, for which there’s an alternative.

## Licensing for pkgsrc

I’m linking to this small discussion about licensing and its documentation in pkgsrc, just because these paragraphs, out of context, are good for any pkgsrc user to know.

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## Lazy Reading for 2011/12/18

The links are sheer entertainment this week.  No strong options or anything, not even about that U.S. legislative mess called SOPA.

Your unrelated comic link of the week: Basic Instructions.  Well, not totally unrelated, since BSD author Michael Lucas’s tweet about it reminded me.  I’ve got the first book; I need to get the second and third.

Posted by     Categories: BSD, Lazy Reading, pkgsrc, roguelike

## pkgsrc-2011Q4 freeze started

The freeze for pkgsrc-2011Q4 has started.  No updates to pkgsrc, other than for security, for the next two weeks.

Posted by     Categories: Goings-on, pkgsrc

## pkgsrc-2011Q4 freeze soon

The last quarterly release of pkgsrc for the year is scheduled for the end of this month.  This means the freeze, where only bugfixes are applies, will be starting on the 17th.

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## Two pkgsrc work directory tips

Two tips for working with pkgsrc, derived in part from this mailing list post on users@ (follow the thread) and from my own experience.  If you put WRKOBJDIR=/usr/obj/pkgsrc into /usr/pkg/etc/mk.conf :

1. You can clean up any leftover package building files by deleting the files in that directory and leave your pkgsrc files untouched.
2. You can have a read-only /usr/pkgsrc, which means it can be shared over NFS (or SMB?) between multiple machines, DragonFly or otherwise.
Posted by     Categories: DragonFly, Goings-on, pkgsrc

## fastbulk now added

Some time ago, Matthew Dillon worked on a bulk build system that built as much of pkgsrc in parallel as possible.  It’s in the tree now as ‘fastbulk‘, for anyone wanting to try it out.  I used it a bit; I didn’t measure the degree of speed increase, but was able to get about 70% of the packages built.

Posted by     Categories: Committed Code, DragonFly, pkgsrc

## New rpkgmanager page

There’s a new page up on the DragonFly website, about using rpkgmanager to manage your pkgsrc-installed packages.

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## DESTDIR: 31 left

Almost all the packages in pkgsrc support non-root installation now…  except these last 31.  I recall something about their removal by the next quarterly release if they still don’t work, or maybe just after.  Jump in if one of these packages is useful to you.

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## Structure changes mean recompilation

This recent structure change (are there others like this?  Maybe?) means that existing binaries may need to be recompiled for anyone tracking DragonFly master.  This probably means that an upgrade from 2.10 to 2.12 will require rebuilds of all binary pkgsrc packages.

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## Some pkgsrc bulk build comparisons

Here’s some recent x86_64 bulk builds: one on DragonFly 2.11, one on NetBSd 5.0.2, and one on Linux 2.6.37.4.  Some data of note: DragonFly is within 8%-ish total packages built compared to NetBSD, which could be considered the baseline.  Linux, the more common platform for most of the software built, is another step less.  I don’t know if there’s any dramatic conclusion to get from this other than, “Hey, a lot of packages build on DragonFly!”

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