Pedro F. Giffuni brought up the idea of using subversion instead of cvs for storing DragonFly source. Bakul Shah pointed out that subversion was not yet mature enough for a switch from cvs in his experience, and Matt said we are continuing with cvs.
binutils 2.14 is being added in by Matt Dillon, over the next few days.
Thanks to Jeroen Ruigrok, the version of autoconf now in CVS knows what a ‘DragonFly’ system is.
Eirik Nygaard and Robert Garrett have added 2 new scripts to
/etc/rc.d (they default to off):
resident: Any filenames/pathnames in
/etc/resident.conf are made resident – i.e. dynamic programs listed here will load faster.
varsym: Any variable definitions in
/etc/varsym.conf will turn into system wide varsyms.
Jeroen Ruigrok posted an interesting link about moving machine state between machine.
News reporting from me has been slow for the past few days and will still be slow; my house has an ice dam built up and my kitchen and basement are flooding every time the sun comes out. Argh!
Matt Dillon’s planning to work on AMD64 support for February. He listed these steps:
“* build support and cross compilation work
* kernel build
* boot 64-bit kernel almost to single user
* 32 bit userland support
* boot kernel to single user
* basic device driver and filesystem testing
* boot kernel to multi user (fully working system at this point)
* everyone w/ 64 bit boxes start banging on it, fixing additional
device drivers, get 64 bit buildworlds working, and so forth.”
If you’re curious about variant symlinks, Chris Pressey submitted (and Matt Dillon committed) additional documentation to the
ln man page that talks about variant symlinks in some detail.
Joerg Sonnenberger has added AMD 8111 support in the ata driver.
Robert Garrett has removed all the FreeBSD/NetBSD references in the DragonFly boot code;
cd /usr/src; make upgrade to upgrade to these newer versions.
Matt Dillon’s been working on this patch, described as so:
“These are dyamic[sic] interrupt-driven timers. They replace the old fixed periodic ‘hardclock’ interrupt that exists now and allow per-cpu multiple periodic or one-shot timer interrupts to be registered with the system. Systimers operate outside the MP lock, so any code developed to use it has to be MP safe. Systimers are intended to be able to make use of per-cpu timers (e.g. LAPIC), when available, and will eventually be augmented to use them.”
It also has the added bonus of making
nanosleep() very accurate.
‘esmith’ reported successfully building OpenOffice 1.1 using the base version of GCC 3.3 now in.
I’m using Movable Type for this page; I’ve updated it to version 2.661. This should have little visible effect for readers.
Joerg Sonnenberger committed Chris Pressey’s patches to replace some remaining K&R-style declarations with ANSI ones, in libkern.
Joerg Sonnenberger has added gcc 3.3 to the base system. You can set ‘CCVER=gcc3’ to use it, even to do a buildworld/buildkernel, though that is “not recommended”. Andreas Hauser already reported a successful build and boot doing it, though.
Matt Dillon has made some changes to the xl driver that apparently solves a mysterious bug; I’m quoting from his changelog message below:
“Turn off hardware assisted transmit checksums by default. In buildworld loop tests this has been conclusively shown to corrupt transmit packets about one out of every million packets. The receive will not know the the packet is bad because hardware assist also apples the correct checksum to the corrupted packet. The result are random failures or corruption of network data in certain situations. On DragonFly, for some reason, doing a ‘resident /usr/bin/*’ seems to bring the problem out every few buildworlds with (primarily) mkdep’s cpp complaining about odd errors trying to open non-existant header files (during a header file search), such as EPROTONOSUPPORT. A tcpdump on both NFS client and server showed the client transmitting an access RPC and the server seeing a corrupted access RPC on its end, and then responding with EPROTONOSUPPORT. Other uncaught errors are also almost certainly occuring. mkdep is more likely to catch them because it actually checks the errno of a failed open() and does a huge number of open()’s (and as an NFS client this generates a huge amount of packet traffic).”
nanosleep() presentation is now on the DragonFly website.
Matt Dillon noted that:
are the only options you need when building with debugging options on.
Jeroen Ruigrok commited code to recognize the SiS 645DX motherboard drive controllers (see prior mention as UDMA100 instead of UDMA33.