It’s now possible to pick which sort of compression you want to use for dsynth packages – xz is the default, but you can go gzip for speed.
SeMiBUG meets tonight, 7 PM, Altair Engineering. Go, if you are near.
(not sure about capitalization on semibug…)
If you are near Portland, Oregon tonight and like pizza, go. Of course you like pizza!
Are you near Chicago? ChiBUG meets tonight. Go, if you are near.
There’s commits being made in DragonFly that will break binary compatibility. If you are running DragonFly-master, that means you will need to do a full buildworld/buildkernel when updating, and you will either have to rebuild packages or wait some days until a new set are built.
If you are running the 5.6 release, you are unaffected.
Tomorrow’s NYCBUG meeting is “Setting up a convenient working environment“, with Ivan Ivanov. Go, if you are near. It will be streamed but I don’t have a link for that at the time I’m writing this.
I’ve seen a similar config other places, but it never hurts to note: scrolling in X requires just a few xorg config lines.
Matthew Dillon posted an extensive writeup about the hardware changes for dragonflybsd.org; price to performance ratio has been improving so much for multiprocessor machines that we can jump forward both for hosting hardware and for a testbed.
He also mentions his immediate thoughts on what to tackle next, since SMP has been so relentless improved in DragonFly. It resulted in a very long conversational chain as people weighed in with opinions, so I’ve held off posting it until the conversation finished. (I chimed in too.)
When you encrypt your DragonFly boot drive, initrd(7) is run to get your system online and able to accept a password to decrypt the drive. So far, so good. The initrd program is a minimal userland designed to be small, and it generally works. However, it assumes a QWERTY keyboard. If you’re Pierre-Alain TORET and normally use an AZERTY (in this case French) keyboard, that makes it difficult to type the decryption phrase.
It’s possible to patch a different keyboard layout into initrd, and he has documented just how to do that.
Remember my post about a new upgrade script? tse, the author, has happily added in a bunch of suggestions. I’m intermittently traveling and can’t do anything to test it for days yet – but I’d love to see others try it out.
The bugs issue tracking versions is here: #3197. Can you, dear reader, try it out? Do an in-place upgrade on your version, or even a test install with a VM? I want to see what happens in the wild.
Who can recommend a dynamic DNS service? (I’d like to know from direct experience, not Googling.) I’ve been using Dyn for years, but they’ve been unintelligibly merged into the Oracle behemoth, and I need to change.
- Paper Books Can’t Be Shut Off from Afar. (via)
- Trajectories for the future of software. (also via)
- Chain Letter Evolution. (via)
- The PDP-7 Where Unix Began. (via)
- Decoded: Rogue. This is strangely … readable? (via)
- fern: a curses-based mastodon client. (via)
- ARPANET, Part 1: The Inception, ARPANET, Part 2: The Packet, and ARPANET, Part 3: The Subnet. Another very readable article. (via)
- A generation of hip-hop was given away for free. Can it be archived? (via)
- Bitcoin mining on an Apollo Guidance Computer: 10.3 seconds per hash. More important, that’s the only AGC in the world.
- Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Eighteen – Drubbings In The Deep.
You’re probably used to the ‘make buildworld; make buildkernel; make installkernel; etc etc’ dance on each upgrade at this point. ‘Tse’ has created a script that rolls that all up into a single action.
In a larger users@ thread about multiple BSD development systems and how to set them up, I spied this tip on making multiple local virtual machines all reachable via SSH.