Antonio Huete updated psm(4) using code from FreeBSD; I don’t think it’s been committed yet but the patch is available. This will be especially valuable to you if you have a synaptics touchpad; it enables many of the functions.
However! If you have an account on leaf.dragonflybsd.org where it is hosted, you can check it out via git, edit any number of pages using your favorite editor, and commit it back and the pages will automatically rebuild. The commit will even show up like any other change.
Venkatesh Srinivas has a large writeup describing just how the memory allocator in DragonFly changed from 2.6 to the upcoming 2.8 version. In all that text, you may notice the cheering statistic that it gave a 20% improvement in sysbench results.
Something for everyone this week.
- Via sjg/IRC: The next platforms for DragonFly: Dragon 32 and Dragon 64.
- chmod -x chmod: a slideshow of possible solutions. (via) As ‘blinkkin’ pointed out on IRC: “hammer history /bin/chmod” and “cp /bin/chmod@@0xtransaction_id” would also fix it.
- 328 slides of git-wrangling tips (also via)
- How to pretend to be busy. I wish I had time for this.
- The first MUD, as a solution for class conflict, and not the fighter-vs-mage-vs-cleric type. (via)
Found via a random Google search: SSHGuard. It’s not available in pkgsrc, but it’s in other BSD packaging systems, and it lists DragonFly on the site as a possible host. It monitors various services and blocks access to overly aggressive connections using (on DragonFly) pf. This is similar to scripts discussed here in the past. It also may be useful in light of the recent FTPd problem.
Something that always got with with Linux binary support was that I couldn’t get the Linux /proc filesystem to automatically mount on boot. I’d end up doing it by hand later, right after I tried to start a Linux binary and had all sorts of issues. Pierre Abbat had this same problem, and Sascha Wildner has the answer: “
linux_load=yes” in /boot/loader.conf.
The newest issue of BSD Magazine is all about VPNs and BSD. It’s free to read in PDF form.
Matt Dillon and Venkatesh Srinivas conspired to fix another nmalloc issue, which should resolve any remaining problems people were having with Firefox, and possibly other applications as well. Due to an oversight of sorts, all locking operations on nmalloc’s depot were ineffective, as if there were no locking at all. Curiously, it worked remarkably well considering such a large race condition was present.