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Month: October 2004
Douwe Kiela wrote in to mention that the Dutch Linux Magazine (October edition) has an article about DragonFly, written by him, and on page 48.
In this ONLamp.com story about the upcoming OpenBSD 3.6, it’s revealed that apparently the new multiprocessor support will be much like the Big Giant Lock (BGL) in FreeBSD-4.
While talking about other issues, Matthew Dillon noted that if you pull your source files from CVS to a local repository and then check them out, you should have a
This will prune directories otherwise deleted in CVS but still present for “bookkeeping”.
The latest entry in David Rhodus’s journal notes the strange “unreleasing” of FreeBSD 5.3 back to first release candidate status.
There will be another version of this pamphlet, so if you have a DragonFly success story, you should be able to guess what to do next. Here’s Dru’s original blog mention of “Success Stories”. Also worthwhile in her blog is a visit to NYCBUG‘s recent event with Kirk McKusick/Eric Allman.
Joerg Sonneberger is itching to get rid of OLDCARD. Anyone using it?
Joerg Sonneberger added the NetBSD version of gzip. It uses the new libz, so it works more efficiently, plus it’s not GNU, which matters to some folks.
Crescent Anchor has had a site redesign. Crescent Anchor makes FireFlyBSD, which is (as far as I know) a commercial derivative of DragonFly. The product is showing up in Google ads, too.
Liam J. Foy has commit access, the lucky fellow. There’s been a number of new committers added – Hidetoshi Shimokawa, YONETANI Tomokazu, and Scott Ullrich. DragonFly commit status is not as exclusive a club as with FreeBSD, so I’ve been lax in keeping track.
Matthew Dillon posted that the Stable tag will be moved up as of late tonight. A new “known good” ISO image should be up later this week, too.
uname -a will now use the CVS tag from the cvsup of code involved in building that kernel. In more explicit terms, DragonFly_Stable will now be reported as such, instead of CURRENT.
Matthew Dillon’s idea about installing a kernel with debug symbols made it to the FreeBSD-current mailing list; much discussion ensued.
Ever wonder how to save those crash dumps, especially if your
/var is teeny-tiny? Wonder no more.
I’ve been changing jobs; I’ll do my best to catch up on news.
The aforementioned spamblocks are now on the DragonFly mailing lists, except for bugs@.
Matthew Dillon posted about some changes to the way the mailing lists work; this is to avoid the ever-increasing spam that has been coming in. The short summary is that is you post through news, or use your subscribing address when posting mail, it should work normally. Otherwise, read his plan further.
If you have an existing DragonFly system, and want to use
rm -I, it’s explained here.
Matthew Dillon changed the download page to note that dfly-stable-20041009.iso.gz is the best recent release to start with.
The DragonFly_Stable tag has been slipped up to correct a memory leak and incorporate the ‘rm -I’ fix. This does place the stble code right smack in the middle of the VFS changes, but those appear to be at a stable point right now.
Giorgos Keramidas, after reading an article about how
rm -rf / (i.e. accidentally deleting your operating system) is avoided by Sun, suggested on the email@example.com mailing list some changes to protect from that. An extensive discussion (bikeshed) ensued. See “Protection from the dreaded “rm -fr /” thread on the former link, if you are curious. It’s still not resolved.
On the other hand, this has been quickly fixed in DragonFly, without changing the basic function of rm. New installs will have this safer behavior by default, though the old unsafe setup can be restored if desired.
In a recent post to kernel about adding devices, Matthew Dillon describes how and why device adding on DragonFly deviated from FreeBSD-4, and how it could (eventually) lead to a different sort of devfs.
Matthew Dillon found that his recent VFS changes made linux_base-8 work again. Be warned that these changes are in the not-necessarily-completely-stable current version of code, not stable.
Joerg Anslik wrote: “Just order “3D-Wunschsticker” (5 is minimum) and send him a 300 dpi picture (or whatever) in a separate mail refering to the order number
This should work for any Germany residents; the dreamsticker.de is in German so I can’t identify if they ship outside of the country.
Some problems have been reported now that the new code is in; this sort of trouble was anticpated, so stick to the DragonFly_Stable tag if you want to avoid this trouble.
Matthew Dillon described his ‘stage 7b’ in a commit message, which includes a description of an upcoming improvemwnt to NFS.
George Georgalis found The C Book from 1991, which he said was helpful with learning.