Expect an accelerated console

If your DragonFly machine can do it, it will now run an accelerated console by default.

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Live nmbcluster adjustments

A DragonFly machine with a lot of network traffic will have a significant amount of memory consumed by all the running network connections.  (as with any system)  It’s now possible to adjust the amount of memory set aside for those operations, live.  This sort of fine-tuning will only matter if you run an extremely busy machine, but it’s worth it if you do.

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Locale support changes

John Marino has been updating locale support in DragonFly.  There’s no single explanatory commit to point at, so I’ll instead link to the many, many commits and changes he’s been making to show the size of the work.  If you are anywhere other than UTF-8 (or maybe even then), this will help you.

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More i915 testing for Broadwell

Francois Tigeot has a new i915 video branch for testing, if you are running DragonFly-current.  It will be especially useful for people on a Broadwell chipset.

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Some recent updates: ACPICA, GCC, video

I’m globbing these DragonFly updates together in a single post because I’m running behind:

ACPICA was updated to Intel’s newest version: 20150717.

GCC in DragonFly was updated to the 5.2 release.

DragonFly DRM (that’s Direct Rendering) now supports ValleyView chipsets.

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No more hostapd

hostapd, for creating a wireless access point, has been included in DragonFly along with wpa_supplicant, for a long time.  Like wpa_supplicant, there’s a version in dports that is the latest version and is easier to update (e.g. no system update required to get a newer version.)  Unlike wpa_supplicant, there’s no chicken-and-egg installation problem if it’s not in the base system – so out it goes.

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Try that USB install again

If you’ve previously tried to install DragonFly using a USB thumb drive, and it would somehow not be found to boot from, there’s a potential fix.

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Use wpa_supplicant only long enough to replace it

DragonFly ships with wpa_supplicant, for setting up WiFi.  However, there’s no guarantee it’s the latest version.  A solution exists: security/wpa_supplicant in dports.  However, this has a chicken-and-egg problem, where you need wpa_supplicant to get online and download the dports version of wpa_supplicant.  So, DragonFly still includes wpa_supplicant in the base system, but you should upgrade to the dports version when possible.

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DragonFly libm changes

DragonFly now has the same math library (libm) as OpenBSD, replacing an earlier combined version of I think what NetBSD and FreeBSD ran.  This doesn’t necessarily directly affect you, but it’s work worth doing; matching the underlying frameworks between BSDs helps everyone.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/26

Short list this week – no particular reason.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/25

A lot of variety this week.

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BSDNow 099: BSD Gnow

The 99th episode of BSDNow is about Gnome on FreeBSD, with interviews of Baptiste Daroussin and Ryan Lortie, plus more news that I was already planning to link to.

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Power statistics

Sepherosa Ziehau has been doing a lot of work with various processors states to save power on DragonFly.  He’s published a summary of how well the various P-state/C-state/mwait settings work.  He found that setting a lower C-state can perversely improve performance.

For those saying “but how do I set these lower power states?”:

sysctl machdep.mwait.CX.idle: AUTODEEP
sysctl machdep.cpu_idle_hlt: 1 (or higher)

				
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ValleyView support improved

Do you have a ValleyView GPU?  It now works much better in DragonFly, and there’s a new accelerated rendering branch to try out, too, if you follow that link.

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Stickers arrived

Hey, my stickers arrived!  You can order your own.

dfstickers

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/19

No theme, though I’ve been thinking about IPv6 lately.  Mostly in a “oh man all that PLC equipment at work can barely do IPv4 this won’t be easy” sort of way.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: The Dr. Fun comic archives.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/18

I seem to have In Other BSDs exactly 1 day off from the OPNsense release schedule, so far.

 

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Eat and talk BSD in Scottsdale, AZ

Michael W. Lucas is having an “open dinner” tomorrow, in Scottsdale, AZ.  That means you get to talk about his tech books and BSD and conventions and whatever else enters collectively enters everyone’s heads, I assume, over dinner.  (you buy your own food; the talking’s free)  It sounds like a potential little mini-convention; you should go.

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BSDNow 098: Our Code is Your Code

BSDNow 098 is up with the normal collection of news and links, plus an interview with David Meyer of Xinous – which I infer is using FreeBSD to underpin their main project.  I always find the decision/planning around major commercial open source interesting, cause the open source aspect changes the game, so to speak.

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DragonFly performance testing

I don’t have actual numbers, but I do have a note: DragonFly network performance is pretty darn good.

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DragonFly 4.2.3 released

There was a newer release of OpenSSL (1.0.1p) last week, so there’s a new revision of the DragonFly release – 4.2.3.  There’s little major change other than the security fix for OpenSSL.

Those readers who can count past 2 may notice that there wasn’t a 4.2.2.  We went straight from 4.2.1 to 4.2.3.   That’s my fault.  I screwed up tagging and Git doesn’t like repeated, deleted tags.

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DragonFly and LFE

I don’t know enough about Erlang and LFE to say much other than “Hey, look at this article about installing LFE on DragonFly!”  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/12

This is Thoughtful Consideration week.

Your unrelated game link of the week: Compare Javascript frameworks by playing the same game (well, game mechanism) in each: Breakouts.  (via)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/11

This is a week for unexpected BSD news – OpenBSD and Microsoft, a new 4.4BSD variant, and so on.

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Testing console frame buffer support

Here’s how you test the console frame buffer on DragonFly, even though X is the way to go.

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BSDNow 097: Big Network, SmallWall

BSDNow 097 has even more links in the never-ending tide of BSDCan presentation videos, more news, and an interview with Lee Sharp, of SmallWall; apparently a continuation of the original software network (and BSD) product, m0n0wall.

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OpenSSL, again

There’s yet another security problem with OpenSSL, and it’s been updated in DragonFly.  I’ll probably roll 4.2.2 this weekend so that it’s in the release image.

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Chromebook c720 results

Some time ago, I acquired a Chromebook with the help of all you kind readers.  Here’s a mini-report on how DragonFly works as a desktop.

The hardware: what I have is an Acer c720 Chromebook.  The C720p is the touchscreen model, and is equally well-supported by DragonFly.  A larger-capacity M.2 SSD (which is relatively easy to install) is the only real need, as the installed one is only 16G.  It’s easy enough to see what the laptops look like; it’s nothing fancy but it’s suitably light.

The software: There’s a wide-ranging and complete install/tweak guide for the c720 and c720p on the DragonFly site.  Note that it goes down to the point of even changing the keymap for the special keys on the keyboard.

Things I don’t like:

  • The mousepad needs a physical click, not a tap, which decreases accuracy.
  • There’s only 2G of RAM, and not expandable.  You will notice this if you tend to open a lot of tabs when web browsing.
  • I’ve had mousepad trouble, but I’m the only one reporting it, so I think it’s just bad hardware luck on my part.

Things I do like:

  • pkg is a godsend, making installation and upgrades almost effortless.  I’ve gone binary-only so far.
  • Many things Just Work – for example, the xfce4 battery plugin.
  • xscreensaver works great; even the 3D modules.  I don’t know why it entertains me so.
  • I haven’t run the battery out to make sure, but it looks like it would last a few hours.  Suspend/hibernate are not supported, but low power modes are.
  • There’s a lot of multi-touch shortcuts built into the touchpad.

It’s an excellent BSD laptop, for light use, at low cost.  The next step up would be into Thinkpad territory, which raises the cost or increases the age – and may not be as consistently supported.

 

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Stickers stickers stickers

Something I’ve wanted for a long time: DragonFly stickers.  Or ‘decals’, if you want to sound fancier.  Markus Pfeiffer has them set up on Stickermule.

I just created an account there, and apparently I can supply a referral link which gets you and me both a $10 credit, if you use that.  It’ll make you sign up, then you’ll probably have to go back in with the direct link for the DragonFly sticker.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/05

I don’t know why I’ve been finding so many roguelike links lately, but it’s to our benefit.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/04

Insert fireworks graphic here.

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BSDNow 096: Lost Technology

BSDNow 096 has the usual new links, even more BSDCan 2015 video links, and an interview with Jun Ebihara about some of NetBSD’s lesser-known architectures.

(I like trying to guess the interview subject from each week’s obscure title; I was going to guess RetroBSD…  which would make a good topic to explore.)

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DragonFly 4.2.1 out

There’s a minor update for DragonFly 4.2 – this covers a problem with i915 support, so it’s worth upgrading if you have an Intel video chipset.

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NYCBUG: Precision Time Protocol

NYCBUG is having a chronologically appropriate speaker: Steven Kreuzer, talking about the Precision Time Protocol.  It’s 6:45 PM (EDT) tonight, at the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge in New York City.

BSDTalk 254: pfSense, FreeNAS, Ken Worster

I’ll quote right from the summary for the 14-minute-long BSDTalk 254: “An interview with Ken Worster who is presenting on topics which include PFSense and FreeNAS in schools at the Technology Teacher ME conference in Bethel Maine.”

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DragonFly 4.2.0 released

DragonFly 4.2 is officially released!  You can go to the 4.2 release page for details, go to the mirrors page to download, or read my users@ post for upgrade steps.

Update: news stories and commentary seen on lobste.rs, Hacker News, and linux.fr.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/28

I came up with a whole bunch of links at the last minute despite traveling and being sick.  I’m dedicated to your idle reading!

Your off-topic link of the week: you have about a week to pay $35 to not die when the Earth is destroyed on July 5th.  It’s the 18th time the world has almost ended, so it has to work out one of these times.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/27

More and more BSDCan videos keep showing up.  (See the bottoms of individual speaker pages on the BSDCan site.)  Here’s the PC-BSD summary.

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BSDNow 095: Bitrot Group Therapy

BSDNow 95 has an interview with Sean Chittenden of FreeBSD/Groupon, along with the usual roundup of BSD news – and more links to various BSDCan presentations.

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IPFW3 and NAT

If you wanted to try IPFW3 and NAT, nans_nans1 has done the experimentation for you, and wrote down the steps.

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Can’t stop typing apm?

Sascha Wildner has been removing the no-longer-needed bits of i386 support in DragonFly.  One of the things going away is APM, the 32-bit power management superseded by acpiconf.  If you still type ‘apm’ out of habit, it’s aliased so you won’t be surprised.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/21

I had to do this early, too, so the link count is a bit low this week.  Sorry!

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/20

I compiled this all bit early, so hopefully nothing exciting happens between now and when it gets posted.

 

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Console scaling options

Now that DragonFly can (in most cases) offer video outside of X with KMS, not just text, more console options are possible.   By default, your accelerated console will scale to 80×25, but you can now tell it how many columns you want and it’ll automatically scale to fit your resolution.  Or you can turn it off.

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BSDNow 094: Builder’s Insurance

This week’s episode of BSDNow has an interview of Marc Espie of OpenBSD.  There’s yet another Linux-user-going-BSD story, and a nice collection of links to presentations from the just-finished BSDCan 2015 event.

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CDBUG and then NYCBUG: Mandoc

You have two options if you live on the eastern side of New York State: CDBUG is having a mandoc presentation from Ingo Schwarze on the 17th (tonight), and then Ingo is heading to NYCBUG’s meeting on the 18th (tomorrow).  Note that you must RSVP and bring an ID for the NYCBUG meeting!

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Powerd pays attention

Thanks to Sepherosa Ziehau, powerd will now start the shutdown process if you are down to 2% battery on your DragonFly laptop.  It also will delay for 60 seconds if you just booted up and are desperately searching for a power cable.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/14

‘Historic information week’ is this week’s accidental theme.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Fully Computerized.

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DragonFly 4.0.6 image up

I’ve uploaded DragonFly 4.0.6 ISO and .img files.  (Does that capitalization make sense?)  They should be available at your nearest mirror, or will be shortly. I am still working on the 4.2 release candidate images.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/13

News is a bit light this week, probably because BSDCan was eating up people’s attention.  I am assuming video will be up soon; I want to see the keynote.

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DragonFly 4.2 and 4.0.6 branched

The more eagle-eyed may have noticed a branching for DragonFly 4.2, and for DragonFly 4.0.6.  The 4.2 branch is currently only a release candidate, so don’t necessarily change over yet – it’s for testing, not release.  Note that packages for 4.2 are not yet built, so you’ll have to manually specify a package path to install with pkg on 4.2 – for now.. That won’t be the case for the actual release, of course.  DragonFly 4.3 users will have to specify PKG_PATH manually to use 4.2 images until new ones are built.  4.2 release candidate users will be fine.  (see comments for correction.)

The 4.0.6 release is mostly to get the recent OpenSSL update into a 4.0.x build.

I am working on image building for both.

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BSDNow 093: Stacked in Our Favor

This week’s BSDNow has a talk with DragonFly’s very own Sepherosa Ziehau, about the huge amount of work he’s done on the network stack.

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Thinking about a 4k monitor?

Matthew Dillon’s already using a 4K monitor on DragonFly, and he’s written notes on the various performance tweaks that went with it.

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Video memory defaults changed

The direct memory access reservation on DragonFly has been set to 128M.  It used to be 16, but anyone using a system for more than a text console would want the greater memory reservation.  It can be set back to 16M, which is useful probably if you are one of those text console users, or if you have a strangely underpowered video card.

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Eventually everything goes SMP

Even sysctl accesses can be made to handle multiprocessor environments.  This can actually make a difference when you’ve got a lot of processors building a lot of software, as in all of dports.

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Sudden buildkernel improvements

From IRC today:

“19:43 <@dillon> I’m bored at the moment. lemme try to speed up module builds

Buildkernel, depending on your processor count, now may have tripled in speed.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/07

This week is more eclectic than usual.

Your unrelated video link of the week: Stairway to Stardom.  1980s public access TV performances.  Highlights one, two, and three.  (via private list.)

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/06

A more compact week.

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KMS/console in master for DragonFly

Those changes I mentioned yesterday for text console support?  They’re in DragonFly-master now, along with a loader tunable to turn it on and off.

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USB ethernet adapters and DragonFly

Right now, if you have a USB port and a need to get networked, axe(4) is your best bet.

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Accelerated video users, please try this

If you are using a DragonFly system with accelerated video, and you have noticed that you can’t return to a text console after exiting xorg – Sascha Wildner/Imre Vadasz have a branch for you to try.  Please do so if you have time and are on master; this is the last big item to fix before the next release.

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BSDNow 092: BSD After Midnight

This week’s BSDNow has an interview with Matthew Holt about MidnightBSD, along with some new-to-me interesting items like Zocker and the testimony of yet another person interested in BSD because of systemd.

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NYCBUG tonight: John Baldwin and NUMA

That’s Non Uniform Memory Architecture, and John Baldwin is talking about how it works on FreeBSD, tonight/now, in New York City for NYCBUG.  There’s several more events this month with NYCBUG, so look at the announcement for tonight’s location and more dates.

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Radeon readings rendered reachable

You can now get temperature readings from your Radeon card under DragonFly.

Radeon updates

In addition to all the Intel video updates that have gone into DragonFly, there’s been work on radeon support from Michael Neumann.  This will show in the next release, coming soon.  (Just a few patches more…)

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Nginx and DragonFly

If you’re using nginx on DragonFly, version 1.9.1 has specific DragonFly speedup options built in.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/31

Emulation is this week’s accidental topic.

Your comics link of the week: Behold!  The Dinosaurs!

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/30

A short but more interesting list this week, I think.

 

Your Not BSD link of the week: Never fix anything.

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More Hammer 2 improvements

Hammer 2 now uses LZ4 compression by default.  It also uses a new CRC algorithm that performs much better, and there’s numbers to prove it.  It helps iSCSI too.  When I say new, it appears to be from the 1980s?  I may be looking at the wrong place.

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Is your serial weird?

There’s a new ‘ifconsole’ option for /etc/ttys on DragonFly that may help you if your serial output device is a bit strange.

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BSDNow 091: Vox Populi

I always try to guess the interview topic from the episode title, but I wasn’t able to predict the several mini-interviews in this week’s BSDNow episode.

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Recent Hammer2 work

Matthew Dillon has been doing a lot of Hammer 2 work lately.  Well, he’s been doing it for quite some time, but the recent commits contain the sort of things that are easier to link to, like deletion speedups, freemap changes, and stats tracking/compression results.

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Recent dragonfly-master users: update

If you were running a version of DragonFly 4.1 (i.e. the master version, not release) built between the 20th and 25th, rebuild.  There’s a UFS bug introduced in that short timeframe.

If you are running 4.0.x release or built your version of DragonFly-master outside of that date range – you are unaffected.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/24

I guess the accidental theme this week is Unix.

Your unrelated link of the week: svblm.  Found via a link to Infinideer and Forest Ambassador.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/23

A calmer week, probably because of the U.S. holiday.

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Haswell +, power–

A recent commit from Matthew Dillon means users of Intel Haswell or later CPUs will see reduced power usage, if I’m reading this commit correctly.

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BSDNow: 090: ZFS Armistice

This week’s BSDNow episode talks with Jed Reynolds about ZFS on Linux and FreeBSD, and includes other news bits including about DragonFly’s swap encryption, OpenBSD defaulting to having openntpd on by default, and plenty more.

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Hammer abort-cleanup added

Hammer will perform daily housekeeping tasks each night.  If you’re up late enough, it may kick off while you are working.  If you want to stop the process after it’s already started (since it’s disk-intensive), John Marino has added the ‘abort-cleanup‘ command.

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A scanning tip

If you want to use a scanner on DragonFly, install SANE.  That is apparently all you need to do.

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Automatic encryption of swap

Experimental automatic crypting of swap is now available in DragonFly-master.  Recently added, though it may have been possible another way.

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