I am entertained by the notion that adventure(6), backgammon(6), battlestar(6), hack(6) and trek(6) can still get updates. I did not know, incidentally, that sendmail and trek share an author.
Aaron LI has ported over a bunch of ifconfig updated from FreeBSD, and I’ll link here to a few.
Thanks to Daniel Fojt, awk(1) has jumped from the 2012 version in DragonFly, to the 2020 version. The commit message shows the highlights so you don’t have to read through the whole history. Given that DragonFly’s awk is the One True awk, that eight years are only a small percentage of the overall history.
Aaron LI has updated head(1) and tail(1) in DragonFly – new switches for head, a new switch for tail, and tac.
I deliberately made the headline obscure for fun. Anyway, the most recent bugfix release for dhcpcd, 9.1.2, happens to set capiscum/pledge-style privilege separation for the program – without requiring those technologies to be built into the system.
Thanks to Daniel Fojt, diffutils, less, and sed have all had significant upgrades in DragonFly; the linked commits have the changes listed. Somehow I expect utilities like less(1) to be frozen in time, not still updated and changed.
shutdown(8) and reboot(8) have some changes, which I find entertaining: “harder to kill“.
DragonFly’s sysclock_t is now a 64-bit value. This is a dramatic change, but should be invisible to userland. Meaning, you don’t have to recompile world/update packages/etc. It’s interesting but not eventful.
The first version of HAMMER took automatic snapshots, set within the config for each filesystem. HAMMER2 now also takes automatic snapshots, via periodic(8) like most every repeating task on your DragonFly system.
I know I say this often, but it’s important: I love cross-BSD commits.
HAMMER2 just became a little more DWIM: the pfs-list and pfs-delete directives will now look across all mounted filesystems, not just the current directory’s mount path. pfs-delete won’t delete any filesystem name that appears in more than one place, though.
If you use autofs, dhcpcd (x2), grep, or a Thinkpad with DragonFly, one of those linked updates may be of interest to you.
DragonFly’s patch(1) is now at 2.0-12u11. I mention this not because it’s a dramatic change but because it’s a basic tool. Also, a benefit from our new committer.
Welcome Daniel Fojt, our newest committer.
Updates to third-party utilities happen often in DragonFly, and I don’t often link because they may not affect users much – but I’m noting a change to xargs(1) cause given what xargs does, any mistake you make will be repeated many times.
Thanks to Daniel Fojt, wpa_supplicant(8) in DragonFly jumped from version 2.1 to 2.9. There’s a nice changelog for the curious.
Thanks to Aaron LI and Daniel Fojt, libpcap and tcpdump in DragonFly have been updated. The vendor does The Right Thing and provides easy-to-find changelogs for both.
You can now use newsyslog(8) to rotate logs being written by daemon(8), thanks to this commit from Peeter Must.
tcplay(8) in DragonFly jumped from 2.0 to 3.3. This will be most relevant to you if you encrypt your disks. It’s nice to see DragonFly mentioned specifically on the GitHub source site.
This thread on having a tmpfs /var/run led to this commit, making it as easy as setting a rc.conf variable.