Month: July 2006
Sepherosa Ziehau’s got a patch that updates the em(4) driver (that’s a network chipset, if it’s unfamiliar) to the latest version from Intel’s website. Give it a try if you’ve got the hardware.Â It’ll be in the tree in two weeks.
bfconfig has been removed, as ifconfig now contains all of brconfig’s features.
Producing a trace from kdgb can be difficult, especially if the crash involved kernel modules whose symbols are not necessarily visible.Â Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has directions on how to resolve this.
Hubert Feyrer put together an interesting chart that shows the Makefile dependencies in pkgsrc.Â I’ve always wondered how people make directional charts from text data like that…
As part of a larger discussion, Freddie Cash described some possible IDE disk and CD combinations that make sense for various tasks.
Joerg Sonnenberger is temporarily taking packages.stura.uni-rostock.de down for disk reorganization; there’s a bulk build of pkgsrc packages running for 1.6. Most packages built for 1.4.4 will work with 1.6, in any case.
As a side effect of the new release, the various ISO images located on dragonflybsd.org and mirrors have been cleaned up to reflect only actual releases; there were some out-of-date intermediate versions in there.Â Daily snapshots are still available.
- even better pkgsrc integration, with over 93% of pkgsrc‘s 6,000+ packages building on DragonFly
- significant 802.11 improvements including ath(4) support
- clustering progress
- and many other changes.
- See the diary or the release page for exhaustive update detail.
ISO images and/or source updates are available from a number of mirrors, though I suggest the torrent.
What’s the first thing to check when troubleshooting?Â Hardware, like power cords, and any other connections.
This week on UnixReview.com: 4 articles, the first two of which may be of limited use to this page's audience:
If you’re thinking about buying a wireless card to use with DragonFly, Sepherosa Ziehau recommends cards supported by the ath(4), ral(4) and acx(4) drivers.Â No, I’m not sure which those are.
Martti Kuparinen is looking for some testers for Xfce 4.4 beta 2.Â See his email to pkgsrc-users@ for details.
NYCBSDCon, held in New York City (surprise!) is being held October 28-29th on the Columbia University campus. If you want to present, your abstract is due August 15th.
DragonFly 1.6 has been branched in CVS, with the release happening at the end of the week.
Sepherosa Ziehau has added the ath(4) driver, for many models of wireless card, to DragonFly.
It is possible to build a custom install CD that adds additional packages and/or changed configuration files to the ‘normal’ DragonFly installation.Â How do you do it?Â The answer is in ‘man release‘
There’s new bsdtalk interviews every week, but this week, it’s Matthew Dillon, talking about the upcoming 1.6 release. A notable comment he made was that DragonFly is now more stable than even the much-vaunted FreeBSD 4.x releases that it came from. (Credit goes to Sascha Wildner for noticing the interview first.)
The DragonFly ISO images (the recent builds) now include system source – not enough to rebuild the whole system, but enough to patch and rebuild the kernel in situations where the source can’t be downloaded.Â Like, say, network cards that require manual tweaking to support.
A question about open source led several people to point out that there are a number of histories of BSD available – Steve Mynott pointed at excerpts from Kirk McKusick‘s O’Reilly book. Sascha Wildner also included GrokLaw’s excellent and long history, and McKusick’s BSDTalk interview (.mp3). Local ‘expert on old things’ Bill Hacker added that BSD-style sharing of code was happening before Linux, GNU, or even Richard Stallman had been born.
To continue today’s all-pkgsrc day, Joerg Sonnenberger has the binaries for the 2006Q2 release of pkgsrc, built for DragonFly, available at:
(See message here) For those who don’t know it, the quarterly releases of pkgsrc are ‘known good’ releases, where all dependencies are up to date for that time, and only security updates are made to those releases. In other words, it’s like a ‘stable’ branch of pkgsrc.
Set PKG_PATH to the above URL + “/All” to be able to automatically install from that binary collection with pkg_add. If you want to upgrade, the quickest way to do so may be this strategy I thought up.
The 2006Q2 version of pkgsrc is out, with a good number of updates. The announcement contains, among other things, the total packages in pkgsrc (6,110), supported platforms (12), and several mentions of how many more packages are compiling now on DragonFly thanks to Joerg Sonnenberger.
Bill Marquette has ported the lnc driver from FreeBSD to DragonFly (link forthcoming), which is in itself a port of the le driver from NetBSD.Â Pathces are available to try it yourself, or it should be added to DragonFly soon.
the 15th International Conference on Computing (also known as CIC 2006) is coming to Mexico City, Mexico, in November, and they’re looking for proposal papers.