Month: October 2005

BSDCert Usage Survey Report


Jeremy C. Reed posted to users@ a note explaining that the BSD Certification Group has published its Usage Survey Report (k PDF).

Some interesting things in the survey results – there were over 100 respondents using DragonFly in their work area, which is much more than I expected. Some of the “smaller” BSDs linked are interesting, too, as I had never heard of things like “Frenzy“, “S-Core“, or “MOS“. Also, there are a number of good anecdotes that were written in as responses in the survey.

The BSD Certification website seems to have had a nice makeover, too.

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Emacs, termcap, and a fix


Having trouble running Emacs? Don’t run itTry Tim Legant’s easy fix.

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Interrupt routing work on the way


Matthew Dillon is planning some major work on the routing of interrupts; if you are running the latest code, report any new breakages to bugs@, please.

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Too rich, too thin, or too stable


DragonFly’s been under heavy development for some time, with large under-the-hood changes going on. However, thing seem to be proceeding at a stable pace.

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OnLAMP.com net stats continue


Michael Lucas’s ongoing miniseries on network statistic collecting (neater than it sounds) has another installment up at OnLAMP.com‘s Big Scary Daemons.

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SoC results


Seen on hubertf’s blog: the Google Summer of Code official results page. There’s a metric buttload of BSD projects in there.

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Code resources on gobsd.com


gobsd.com has the source code for various major BSDs at gobsd.com/code. It’s apparent;y been there for a while, but only recently reactivated.

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UnixReview.com: back to normal


UnixReview.com seems to have recovered from last week’s Linuxgasm and has several good articles up: a book review of “php|architect’s Guide to PHP Security“, “Regular Expressions: Getting Started with SCons” (a make replacement), and the Perl-oriented “Common Network Protocols“.

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New version of atheros driver


Adrian Nida has put together a new version of Andrew Atren’s atheros wireless driver; it’s worked for him on DragonFly 1.3.6, so far. I don’t know why this isn’t included in the DragonFly system yet.

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New pkgsrc collection


If you’re running Preview or Development versions of DragonFly (1.3.x), David Rhodus has uploaded a new pkgsrc binary set, with over 3,200 packages built for DragonFly.

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Two new warnings


Matthew Dillon has added two new warnings in an effort to catch a mysterious DragonFly and FreeBSD bug.

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A fscking problem


drhodus’s blog on GoBSD.com now describes a problem with the “lost+found” directory created during a fsck.

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pkgmanager explained


Peter Schuller has a nice writeup (and addendum) explaining the capabilities of pkgmanager, an new utility for handling pkgsrc installation.

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OpenOffice 2 and 5


OpenOffice, which has been around for 5 years now, just released version 2.0. Wow, the web site is pretty.

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OpenBSD interviews


OnLamp.com has an interview up now of some OpenBSD developers, talking about the about-to-be-released OpenBSD version 3.8.

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Strange BSD panic


drhodus’s blog on GoBSD.com mentions a strange panic found on DragonFly and FreeBSD systems that has so far been unsolvable.

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PF firewalls update


For those of you using PF, there’s a tutorial by Peter Hansteen (OpenBSD-centric, but still applies) that was recently updated. (thanks, BSDForums)

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Test that iwi(4)


Joerg Sonnenberger has a new version of the iwi(4) (Intel Wireless miniPCI adapters) driver, available for testing. Assuming no problems, it will be committed.

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a different fdisk


Apparently the OpenBSD fdisk is much nicer than the one we have inherited from FreeBSD – anyone want to import it?

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UnixReview: music, blah


UnixReview.com has a review of a game for learning music, called GNU Solfege. The rest of the articles for the week are all Linuxy.

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Install woes


Adrian Nida’s recent installation troubles have spawned a longer thread that talks about the various issues – a good read about fdisk issues and why source isn’t included with the install CD.

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em updates, GENERIC change


Sepherosa Ziehau has updated the em driver to sync with FreeBSD-current, among other things, adds support for the Intel PRO/1000 GT and 82546G. He’s also added DEVICE_POLLING to the GENERIC kernel. What’s it do? I don’t know!

Update: Now I know.

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IPv6, sooner than later


A coworker of mine sent me an article written by a Cisco employee describing the IPv4 pool as likely to run out within 5 years. It’s titled “A Pragmatic Report on IPv4 Address Space Consumption. It certainly makes it sound like any new planning for networks should involve IPv6 capability.

DragonFly has IPv6 capability from KAME, which sounds like it will become much more useful very soon…

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Don’t use this


Matthew Dillon has implemented an emergency interrupt polling feature that, apparently, should never be turned on.

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OnLAMP.com: thttpd


OnLAMP.com has an article up about “Lightweight Web Serving with thttpd“. thttpd, if you didn’t know, is found at the fabulously-named acme.com

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Got a ral0?


Joerg Sonneberger has an untested driver for anyone using a Ralink RT2500/RT2500USB wireless adapter, supported in other BSDs.

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CVS tag enlightenment


A new document explaining the various CVS tags has been placed on the wiki by Adrian Nida.

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RSS feeds


Liam J. Foy put together a list of BSD-related RSS feeds; you can read them all on his site.

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How to not get it


Jonathon McKitrick asked about obfuscating assembly code, which seems like a redundancy. In any case, the thread let to some discussion of interesting tricks, and also George Georgalis posting links to “How To Write Unmaintainable Code“, and a special obfustication section.

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Shuttle systems in process


Matthew Dillon’s working on getting his dual-core Shuttle systems working with DragonFly, with some issues.

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pkgsrc updated for DragonFly


Joerg Sonnenberger has committed most of his pkgsrc changes, so using pkgsrc from CVS should be even more likely to succeed. He still has some needed local changes, however.

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UnixReview.com: reviews, reviews, reviews


UnixReview.com this week has 3 book reviews: Perl Best Practices, File System Forensic Analysis, and Open Source for the Enterprise. There’s also a review of the game Pingus, which is a clone of the old game Lemmings.

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New OnLAMP articles


OnLAMP/BSD has two new articles: “Running Cyrus IMAP” (using FreeBSD as an example, but the model holds), and an extensive article on Identifying Changes to a Macintosh File System. Why show that on a BSD site? Cause it’s BSD!

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Release update to 1.2.6


Matthew Dillon has updated the Release version of DragonFly (the most stable flavor) to 1.2.6. A list of the included updates are in his commit message.

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Which pkgsrc?


If you are trying out pkgsrc now, Jeremy C. Reed recommends using the version that is in CVS, not the quarterly releases (of which 2005Q3 is the most recent). Yes, it’s bleeding edge, but so is your operating system.

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BSD Associate exam objectives out


bsdcertification.org has made available the objectives for the “BSD Associate” certification exam. The exam itself will be out in the second quarter of 2006.

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Too many places to talk


Martin P. Hellwig has a not uncommon problem with his mail server: he’s transitioning from one provider to another, and he wants to get the new network connection working before he drops the old one. Matthew Dillon has a solution with ipfw that will last until we are able to establish multiple default routes under DragonFly.

Updated: Martin took notes on how he got it to work.

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Got an em0?


If you have a server with a Broadcom chipset (em driver) – specifically, models 82571EB, 82572EI and 82573E – Sepherosa Ziehau has a patch he’d like folks to try.

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About releases


Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert wrote up his own description of DragonFly’s rather loosely-defined release schedule.

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New look for FreeBSD


Emily Boyd’s Google Summer of Code project (of which FreeBSD had several) has paid off in the form of a nice site redesign for www.freebsd.org. (She’s apparently also worked on the postgresql .org site.)

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UnixReview: shell, CMS, HP/UX, Certs


This week, UnixReview.com has a lesson on including source code in groff documents, an example of deploying a large Content Management System, a review of the book “HP-UX 11i Version 2 System Administration” (HP-UX is BSDlike, if I recall correctly) and an article on certification.

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Development bump, LWP


Matthew Dillon bumped up the version of Development, so Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert could start work on LWPs, or Light Weight Processes. Simon’s already committed the first stage, and followed with a general explanation of how LWPs and LWKT work together.

Update: Simon also helpfully wrote out a roadmap for threading support.

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Package use survey


Jeremy C. Reed asks that anyone running pkgsrc install and run pkgsrc/pkgtools/pkgsurvey. This will send (generally anonymous) data to the pkgsrc project on which packages are being used. Repeating this monthly (as though a cron job) would be best.

If you’re still on the ports system, mail Jeremy the output of pkg_info. He also hinted that the data on the most popular packages could be used for putting together a DVD.

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A little timer project


Matthew Dillon proposed writing a polling mechanism that would work independently of the system hardclock. It’s apparently a simple task for anyone who has touched kernel code, and he’s looking for takers.

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Check your cvsup file


Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has updated the example cvsup files; the new target names (‘dragonfly-‘ prefix) have been available for a long time already, so you probably only need an update if you are using a custom cvsup file.

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Doing it the long way


I point this out for the command’s obtuseness, not its utility. Dirk Liebke described the command necessary to (probably) shut down and power off a Solaris machine: ‘shutdown -g 0 -i 5 -y

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Darn quiet


I’ve seen nothing in the way of good news lately, on the mailing lists or about the web. So, in an effort to keep content appearing here, I’ll ask an idle question of you, the reader: Where do you go on the web for BSD news?

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