I suggested on the docs@ list that using a Wiki to allow people to make documentation updates may make it easier to actually have people contribute, and then changes can be merged back into CVS. Discussion ensued, with some folks pointing at Wikipedia‘s MediaWiki, or TikiWiki. Similar discussion popped up elsewhere. I plan to try this … soon.
Month: November 2004
The latest issue (November) of The Perl Journal is out, if you happen to subscribe. Quick! Someone make a Python comment, apropos of nothing!
Liam J. Foy has put together a new page to track what needs to be cleaned in DragonFly; take a look if you are curious, or(even better) if you wanted a relatively simple task.
Jasse Jansson is putting together a list of supported hardware; he’s at jasse ‘at’ hornet ‘dot’ ac if you want to contribute.
Macomnet.net is a new DragonFly mirror: http://mirror.macomnet.net/pub/DragonFlyBSD/
The Stable tag has been moved up to the most recent code, as some critical fixes required what’s in the most recent code. In general, this should only be positive, unless you are using unionfs or nullfs, as they will be broken if you upgrade. So, if you are using those file systems, hold off on upgrading for a few weeks. When you do upgrade, it has to be a full buildkernel/buildworld.
leaf.dragonflybsd.org is moving to the most recent version of DragonFly (HEAD) so as to serve as a test for some SATA fixes.
Matthew Dillon reported a hard disk failure knocked out the DragonFly website and mailing lists over the weekend; there’s a new disk, filled from backups, back in place now.
Matthew Dillon has added code that should hopefully fix the long-standing timer bug some people have seen.
Oliver Fromme suggested a way to make it possible to boot a CD into a variety of operating systems – specifically either FreeBSD or DragonFly.
Freddie Cash described on kernel@ how he got his atheros card working, using a FreeBSD driver.
Joerg Sonneberger followed up on his own commit message saying that Perl seems to be out of the base system.
Andreas Hauser detailed his X.org 6.8.1 packages and caveats in a recent post to the submit@ mailing list.
Is anyone even using a 386 processor anymore? If you are, go look for some pocket change and buy a faster computer.
Joerg Sonneberger detailed the changes inherent in using OpenNTPd, which will be in the system momentarily.
Matthew Dillon’s committed the next big stage of his VFS work; the commit message includes a lengthy explanation of what it touches.
Matthew Dillon reported that he and David Rhodus have tracked down and eliminated a longstanding bug that caused VM/filesystem corruption, dating from FreeBSD 4, which may even still be present in FreeBSD 5.
As a side effect, Matthew Dillon’s VFS work will get pushed into the most current code (HEAD). Unionfs and nullfs work has not been completed in the VFS code, so that means if you use HEAD and also use unionfs/nullfs, either don’t update for the next week or so, or drop back to DragonFly_Stable.
‘asmodai’ provided a link to this Intel web page as a reference for handling hyperthreaded processors. It’s Windows-specific, though.
David Rhodus posted a patchset to X.org 6.8.1 that should make it work on DragonFly; it may or may not make it in time for the next X.org release.
I don’t normally post about test patches, but I am linking here to one of Matthew Dillon’s recent VFS patches, as he explains a bit of the work that is going into it.
forknibbler.com, where I hosted builds of DragonFly documentation, is down for the next while as I have been chaning network layouts. However, the docs that were there are still available at http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/~justin/.
An excellent thing has happened: H.Miyamoto has started another log of DragonFly news over at http://wids.net/dbsdlog.jp/. This new log is in Japanese, which certainly reaches an audience I cannot.
WordIQ.com appears to have a DragonFly section on its site. However, it appears to be a copy of the excellent Wikipedia DragonFly page. A legal copy, but probably a moneymaking gambit, given the advertising on the WordIQ page. This is similar to something that happened over at freshports.org site some time ago, though not quite so mercenary.
Hidetoshi Shimokawa described in a post to kernel@ just how to get a console working over Firewire, instead of serial.
As mentioned in an aside while talking about current work, Matthew Dillon expects his VFS work will leads to a journaling file system.
Matthew Dillon committed changes from Andreas Hauser that makes the default firewall setup (in
/etc/rc.firewall relatively normal and usable.
Upgrade using ‘make upgrade’, not mergemaster. Why? Well, for one thing, ‘upgrade’ only touches files that you shouldn’t.
Up and running again – shiningsilence.com is now running through my home connection on a home machine. Neither of those are terribly high-powered, but that’s OK. I’ll attempt to get a more beefy machine in the coming months, and a better connection may be available within the year.
In the several hours this afternoon when I was rebuilding this Log, comment spam filtering was turned off – some 400-500 spams came rolling in. Wow.
Almost have this working again – I slightly mangled the restoration of entries here, so it’ll be a bit.