Charles M. Hannum, one of the originators of the NetBSD project, posted what I’ll call a rant about the state of NetBSD; he wants NetBSD to lead system development and he blames the organizational layout for slowing development.
It appears he wants to return to the less complex organization of the early days of NetBSD; I don’t think that’s relevant in this stage of NetBSD’s development.Â Â (Is NetBSD the oldest existing open source operating system project?)
It’s a sparse week on UnixReview.com, this week: 2 book reviews, one of “C++ Standard Library Extensions” and the other of “Linux Phrasebook“.
A recent users@ conversation about using UTF-8 and other character encodings has some interesting tidbits.
Joerg Sonnenberger regularly builds binary packages for pkgsrc, for DragonFly, in parallel. This eats up a lot of disk and RAM.
He could use another 2 Gb of DDR2 RAM. This would greatly speed up builds. Got spare RAM or cash? Please help, (he’s at firstname.lastname@example.org) as this benefits every DragonFly user. (And to a lesser extent, every pkgsrc user.)
Jeremy C. Reed has put together a new book on the pf packet filter, originally from OpenBSD but now found in all the BSDs, including DragonFly.Â It’s available from his website.
The BSD Installer mailing list currently has no online archive, but it’s possible to retrieve past mailings by mailing to email@example.com where x and y are the number of the first and last message you want to retrieve. firstname.lastname@example.org is also available.Â (Thanks, Chris Pressey)
Something I knew:Â You can set the environment variable PKG_PATH to the URL where binary pkgsrc packages are located, and pkg_add will automatically fetch from there.
Something I didn’t know: you can have multiple sites listed, as Petr Janda explains.
Sepherosa Ziehau has ported nfe(4), support for NVIDIA PCI ethernet adapters, from OpenBSD, with some changes and improvements.
ONLamp.com has a new article up: IPFW, which is one of the several firewalls present in DragonFly and other BSDs.
A memory overrun issue in ppp has been discovered in NetBSD which also applies to DragonFly. It’s been fixed, thanks to Joerg Sonnenberger.Â It’s also found in FreeBSD (fixed) and OpenBSD (no fix yet that I know of.)
The Cache Coherency Management System, a fiendish system which will allow crazy things like mapping memory across multiple machines, mentioned before, has been started.
The somewhat perennial discussion of microkernels came up again on kernel@; start at the beginning to read the generally useful conversation.
Another how-to for today: two ways to get Flash working: Handbook method and Wiki method.
According to a recent announcement, the second AsiaBSDCon will be held on March 8-11, 2007, in the University of Tokyo, Japan.Â Papers are already being solicited.
A question about multiple sound sources playing leads to this solution, which may require manual sound device assignment, though it’s not that bad.Â Better solutions are possible.
I’ve updated the online version of the Handbook to include the last 2 months of changes.Â (Available as PDF and text too.)
If there was a mailing list that had regular summaries of the posts on here, would it be useful to you? If so, would you want it daily? Weekly?
Ian R. Stephenson suggested this, and I’ve had more people than I expected agree.
Something I wrote myself: things you can do with a headless computer running DragonFly.
As part of a conversation about headless installation, Bill Hacker describes the old-fashioned way, Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert mentioned the ‘Pre-Flight Installer‘, and Matthew Dillon described how he uses rconfig.
The modular version of xorg is predicted to be in pkgsrc in October.
For those needing an explanation: We currently have the ‘monolithic’ version.Â Â The modular form breaks the build of xorg into parts that can be updated separately, and will be the form used for future versions.
It’s nice to see code flowing back and forthe bewteen BSD projects; the latest is OpenBSD taking advantage of the DragonFly acx(4) driver.Â (Thanks, Undeadly)
The planned outage of dragonflybsd.org yesterday took longer than planned because two systems didn’t want to boot; both used a Asus A8N SLI motherboard.Â Apparently, a lot of people have reported issues with this model.
Gregory Neil Shapiro has kindly updated sendmail to 8.13.8 (see release notes).
This week on UnixReview: A software review of G2 8.2, a book review of Nagios: System and Network Monitoring, and an article: Certification: Test Your Knowledge of A+ Elective Topics. There’s also some Linux articles which I am so totally ignoring.
dragonflybsd.org is going down 9AM – 1PM PST for power and UPS testing.
User “Xaduha” posted a link to his compiling-on-DragonFly version of the Glorious Haskell Compiler, necessary to build Pugs (Perl 6 in Haskell) and apparently some other less mind-bending things.
Jan KoÅ¡ir wrote a pkgsrc updating script that will handle local patches, include pkgsrc-wip, and work with pkgmanager – pretty nifty.
Matthew Dillon’s committed some changes to cpdup that allow it to copy over a network, using ssh. It’s somewhat experimental, but it can even be used for incremental backups.
Christian Sturm mailed me a link to the newest project derived from FreeBSD: MidnightBSD, which appears to be a “FreeBSD-with-ports” effort rather than the more complete splits of DesktopBSD or PC-BSD. Not that it’s a bad thing!
Sepherosa Ziehau has updated em(4) (That’s an Intel networking chipset) support to version 6.1.4, the latest available from intel.
Matthew Dillon’s vnode reference work is already 75% complete.
What if a piece of software in pkgsrc is updated, but the pkgsrc version isn’t (yet)?Â Steve O’Hara-Smith has some ideas.
Matthew Dillon is starting some work that will possibly destabilize HEAD for a bit.Â The work involves vnode reference counting and locking.Â The advantage is that it will remove the hard locks that filesystems can experience, such as waiting for NFS mounts to time out.
Sascha Wildner, at Victor Balada Diaz’s suggestion, added a link to the boot(8) manpage in sys/boot/forth, as boot(8) is where the options to pass to a booting kernel are really documented
Who’s our newest committer?Â Why, it’s Peter Avalos!
pkgsrc.dragonflybsd.org is a new, much-easier-to-remember CNAME for Joerg Sonnenberger’s packages.stura.uni-rostock.de binary pkgsrc package site for DragonFly.
It’s now possible to build the material in doc, including the handbook, using tools from pkgsrc, thanks to work from both me and Victor Balada Diaz.Â (The doc framework was previously ports-centric.)Â If you’re curious, the needed packages appear to be netbsd-doc, libxslt, docbook-xsl, ghostscript-gnu, netpbm, and jade, along with tex-jadetex if you want to prodcue it in PDF form.
Karthik Subramanian found his work connection no longer worked for CVSup, due to a new firewall.Â From further discussion, his remaining options appear to be CVS, rsync, a tarball, and Mercurial.
Hubert Feyrer has a number of interesting links on his blog lately: netbsd.sk has an article on pkgsrc written in Slovakian, two links to explain what capabilities are, and another of the “Look, kids!Â BSD!” articles that appear every few months.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert’s Roundup bug tracker is now available at bugs.dragonflybsd.org.
Due to the solving of a nasty locking problem, 1.6.1 is out.
lsof doesn’t build on DragonFly, but apparently the DragonFly version of fstat works well as an alternative, barring the occasional problem.
In a larger conversation about using CF cards in place of normal hard drives, Oliver Fromme mentioned that he’s been building a small computer into the case of a Sony CD player, and has pictures to prove it.Â (and yes, it could run DragonFly.)
calendar can be used to provide reminders of upcoming events; you can even provide your own personalized list, as Sascha Wildner pointed out.
(If you’re interested in a columnar calendar, similar to a wall calendar, try
Another tip: DragonFly has a relatively capable editor called mined; use it instead of ed or ee, especially if vi won’t work because of a missing
/usr or similar problems.
A tip found from a larger discussion of root shells:
su -m allows the user’s shell to be brought forth as the root shell.Â If you have multiple people su’ing to root, this will allow each to use a favorite shell instead of the default