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.

crtbegin/crtend changes

Joerg Sonnenberger noted that on the next update of your system(s), be careful using “make upgrade”, as a consistent world is needed. The recent crtbegin/crtend changes may give some trouble. It also may be a good idea to rebuild ports, especially those that use C++.

Official mail archive available

After several iterations, we now now a “offical” archive of discussions on the dragonflybsd lists. This pulls right from the news server. It’s currently updated every 2 hours. Credit’s due to Matt and Hiten for hitting me with ideas for it, and for adding the support applications.

There’s still some work to be done: Search functions, raw messages, and archive downloads. That’ll be the next version.

Other archives out there:
http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/
http://www.gmane.org/ (dragonflybsd.kernel only)