KDE ‘packs’

GoBSD.com has a ‘packages’ section which holds prebuilt software packages for DragonFly, suitable for adding with pkg_add -r packagename. It doesn’t happen to have many KDE packages, which can be very time-consuming to build by hand. However, there’s a whole bunch in a different directory, http://gobsd.com/packs/.

WineX release

WineX, a commercial version of Wine oriented towards gameplay, has been released (version 4.0) and renamed (“Cedega”). I vaguely recall it was possible to get it working on FreeBSD – it would be interesting to see how it performs on DragonFly, comparatively.

kbdmap Kicked, adduser Added

Thanks to Chris Pressey, Tim Wickberg, and William DeVries, the Perl script kbdmap has been replaced with a C equivalent, and adduser/rmuser, also formerly Perl, has been replaced with Bourne shell scripts. These all came from FreeBSD-5.

asf, csplit, tabs, and asa

Hiten Pandya’s added asf(8): Add Symbol File. It’s ported from FreeBSD – I’m adding the commit comment below. Also, csplit(1), tabs(1) as specified in IEEE Std. 1003.1-2001 (SUSv3) and ported from Tim J. Robbins’ code on FreeBSD. He’s also committed the POSIXv2 asa(1) utility for interpretation of FORTRAN carriage-control characters. How often does that happen?
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gcc34 causes buildworld

Since GCC 3.4 is now in the source tree, which means a ‘make buildworld‘ (not ‘make quickworld‘) is neccessary on your next update. You can use it – after updating and rebuilding – with “setenv CCVER gcc34” set. Avoid using the -j flag to speed things up, just yet. ProPolice is supported with this version.

Right the first time

The libh project for FreeBSD was supposed to replace the creaky sysinstall program, though it hasn’t been worked on extensively enough to offer a real replacement. Robert Watson writes some interesting points on the right way to go about working on an installer.

Why do I point this out? The DragonFly Installer has followed this general plan already; it’s nice to have external verification that something was done right.

rconfig ritten

Matt Dillon has written a remote configuration utility called ‘rconfig‘, which sounds similar in theme to utilities like Kickstart or the whatchamacallit Sun uses. His description:

‘It allows a CD user to scan the network for configuration servers, download a configuration script based on a tag name, and execute that script all in one simple command. Running the rconfig server is just as easy… you basically just run the server -a -s and put your scripts in /usr/local/etc/rconfig/.sh and you are done.’

He’s added share/examples/rconfig auto.sh as a sample rconfig script. It will completely remove and reinstall DragonFly.