Matthew Dillon has committed a huge update to the system initalization code, which, among other things, allows parallel processes during boot. This means that system initialization can be greatly sped up, which he plans to have working by Monday.Â (and is already starting on it!)
(Reminds me of my old BeOS/PPC system – a desktop within 10 seconds.)
Matthew Dillon posted an update on how he’s organizing syslink to handle the sharing of machine resources in a cluster.
It is possible to use multiple make processes when building from pkgsrc, similar to using -j when performing buildworld to speed things up.Â It can be set in mk.conf or as an environment variable, and turned off for specific packages if it causes trouble.
Joerg Sonnenberger has binary packages of the 2007Q1 pkgsrc release now available on his server.
rsync.net (which offers Backup Done Right, as far as I can tell) is offering a number of code bounties for various (mostly FreeBSD) projects.Â One of them is a standardized stress test for UFS2 – a general filesystem testing framework would do everyone goodÂ – especially someone using a distributed file system…
The PHP and PEAR packages in pkgsrc are being decoupled from each other, for ease of maintenance.
There’s a variety of ways to turn on multiprocessing support in a kernel; Matthew Dillon recently explained the variety and reasoning.
I’m a bit slow in mentioning this, but: the most recent quarterly release of pkgsrc, 2007Q1, is officially released.
Do you have a bge(4) network card?Â If so, Sepherosa Ziehau would like you to test his patch – it shouldn’t do anything but improve the card performance.
A very busy week on UnixReview.com: the oddly-titled Regular Expressions column “Tuple Spaces Help Organize Concurrency Solutions“, and Shell Corner’s “Perl Is a Gem: One-Liners and Programs“. There’s also an article called “The Joys of Data Classification“, along with book reviews of “UNIX: The Complete Reference, Second Edition“, and “Backup and Recovery“.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has added the ability to switch between threading libraries.Â It needs a little bit more work, for which he could use the help – see the message for details.