Kip Macy’s checkpointing code has been committed; I’m pasting Matt Dillon’s post about it as there’s a lot of issues to consider.
For those of you late to the party, checkpointing allows you to “freeze” a copy of an application so that, in theory, you can restore the program to that running state at a later point in time. Useful, for instance, if you have a program that takes a long time to complete and you don’t want to have to restart from the beginning if there’s an interruption.
Continue reading “Checkpointing is in”
David Cuthbert brought up the idea of Doxygen headers for the source; Matt Dillon didn’t care for the idea, pointing at this for an example. Hiten Pandya noted that he’d like to have a separate by-hand handbook, for which Eirik Nygaard posted a possible example. Matthew Fuller added that he is working on a SGML application for library documentation as part of another project.
While noting that he has made a number of changes to the scheduler, Matt Dillon described a new tool called ‘wmake’. wmake allows you to run make in a subdirectory simulating a buildworld environment, without actually having to build world.
(quoted from his post, using libkvm for an example:)
Joshua Coombs has an extensive writeup of his ideas for routing, located at http://www.outofspec.com/routing/
While talking about something else, Hiten Pandya mentioned the steps necessary to turn on profiling, to help catch bugs. I’ve saved the steps here, in case they are useful…
Continue reading “How to profile”
Emiel Kollof noted that it would be nice if the splash screen loaders could read gzipped files, so that any splash screens could be stored in a compressed format and still used. Hiten Pandya pointed at
boot/i386/kgzldr/boot.c for examples, if anyone wants to tackle this project.
/bin/sh had a big introduced recently that would make it crash when booting with a new world. It’s been fixed, so recompile
/bin/sh with updated sources when possible.
David Leimbach noted that Ron Minnich was porting Plan 9 namespaces to FreeBSD, which duplicates some of the security features to be covered by VFS. Ron Minnich’s web page has more data on this and other technologies.
usr/share/examples/splash has been committed. This is the logo screen Emiel Kollof made from the DragonFly logo.
Emiel Kollof’s also got the NVIDIA binary video driver working; it should show up in dfports.
Hiten Pandya (email@example.com) is looking for anyone using a AMI MegaRAID card, who is willing to test a patch for FreeBSD-4/DragonFly.
dfports/emulators/vmware2 is in, though Matt Dillon warns that it is not yet functional.
File System Exerciser, in
tools/regression/fsx, has been added, by David Rhodus.
fdisk now has a -p option, to let it operate on disk images.
David Rhodus has fixed the problems reported by Richard Sharpe where Linux NFS clients couldn’t achieve above 5 MBps throughput.
I wrote down the explicit steps I used to get a DragonFly machine running and up-to-date; I’m including them here for the benefit of others. This was working as of mid-September.
** Updated December 2003; silly typos.
** Update February 2004: This guide was written using FreeBSD 4.8 as a guide; it may break. There is a guide page on dragonflybsd.org that talks about upgrading from FreeBSD 4.9.
Continue reading “Installing from source”
The Slashdot interview with Matt Dillon from last night is up, in text and HTML format.
For the heck of it, there’s a pre-DragonFly interview here on KernelTrap, too.
Kip Macy listed a number of tasks left for his checkpoint/restart work, not all of which he will be covering. If this sounds interesting to you, jump in!
Continue reading “Remaining Checkpoint work”
In part of a conversation about checkpoint work, Matt Dillon described the preferred process for code changes. I’m pasting it in, wholesale.
Continue reading “How to do a diff”
Kip Macy’s very spiffy checkpoint work, allowing freezing/thawing of running applications, has resulted in a kernel module. It’s not yet in, but the most recent version he mentioned is available.
Paul Jarc brought up “>Slashpackage as a possible solution to the ports system on DragonFly; Mike Porter pointed out that it covers most everything except shared library handling.
Emiel Kollof is working on the NVIDIA binary video driver; so far it loads correctly, but doesn’t work in X11.