This week’s BSD Now has lots of material to work with, but the part they talk about that’s new to me: Homura.
The headline is a little misleading; umtpx has been in DragonFly forever, but now utmp is really retired and programs adjusted to match. The change is not that user-affecting and utmp data is still accessible; this is part of the ABI change alluded to over the past week.
If you are not familiar with utmp(5) and utmpx(5), they are databases in /var that track user logins and system restarts. utmpx is of course better cause it has an X.
I goofed and didn’t post about the SEMIBUG meeting tonight, so it is too late now… but this video was the topic of discussion.
Are you near Chicago? ChiBUG meets tonight. Go, if you are near.
If you are on DragonFly-current, the ABI changes of the past few days are complete and new dports packages are built, so now is a good time to do a complete build and install of world and kernel, and then a pkg update.
5.6 users can keep on keeping on; no breakage there.
Way eclectic this week. Enjoy! I will be working, as I haven’t had a day off in 3 weeks – but don’t be too sorry for me, I chose this. The magic of pre-scheduling posts fixes it.
Your unrelated music post: The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: August 2019.
Still a backlog, no matter how much I link.
A little late linking this, but never mind: BSD Now 315 includes, among its other usual links, a recap of the vBSDCon experience, from the just-completed event.
ABI breakage continues, so continue the full buildworld/buildkernel cycle, if you are on DragonFly-current, and continue to ignore it, if you are on 5.6.
Update: yeah aim for next week.
Mentioning it here because it’s timely: the Vintage Computer Festival Midwest is happening this weekend, and if I wait until the normal day I would post this – Sunday in Lazy Reading – it will be too late. Go if you are anywhere near. (Credit goes to joshua stein on the ChiBUG mailing list – don’t forget their meeting next Tuesday.)
There’s commits being made in DragonFly that will break binary compatibility. If you are running DragonFly-master, that means you will need to do a full buildworld/buildkernel when updating, and you will either have to rebuild packages or wait some days until a new set are built.
If you are running the 5.6 release, you are unaffected.
Roy Marples has imported openresolv 3.9.2 to DragonFly. This is a replacement for the old-style /etc/resolv.conf file. The more complicated your network, the more you will appreciate this tool.
Tohiro Kusumi has been bringing in a whole lot of MSDOS filesystem updates; I can’t tell you the net effect but.I am sure they are useful if you are looking to share disk media; FAT is a sort of lowest common denominator.
Roy Marples has been making a bunch of changes to route(8) in DragonFly. It doesn’t change functionality, but it will, I think, make it more reliable in unreliable networks.
I have an RSS backlog now.
This week’s BSD Now is up, discussing a bunch of informational topics – including what’s happening with dsynth, how virtual memory works, streaming on NetBSD, and other links.
vBSDCon 2019 starts tonight and runs for 2 days – go if you are near.