Kernel Krap

The kernel mailing list is getting hit with a Windows mail virus in a big way; be careful when viewing it through your mail client/news interface if you use Windows.

Update: fixed now.

BIND9 updated

Matt Dillon has added bind-9.2.4rc4 to contrib. This replaces bind8 that was being used for DragonFly (and I assume FreeBSD-4) by default. Things may be somwhat unstable for a few days; if that is trouble for you, don’t update your system this week.

Don’t forget about gcc3!

Hiten Pandya noted that, if you are creating a port override in dfports, setting CCVER=gcc3 and testing your override using the different compiler is a good idea. He’s found a few ports where poeple didn’t do that and the build was broken.

Saving crash dumps

Sascha Wildner described in a post to dragonfly.bugs,

dumpdev="/dev/ad0s1b"

placed in /etc/rc.conf will enable your system to save crash dumps in /var/crash, saving the effort of retyping them in a post. (“makeoptions DEBUG=-g” in your kernel config is also needed.)

NVIDIA breakage

The latest dev numbering changes from Matt Dillon will break the NVIDIA binary driver, if you are using it. Emiel Kollof is working on a new version, and until that’s set, avoid updating if you want to keep your NVIDIA driver working.

bktr, gdb updtd

Joerg Sonnenberger has updated the bktr(4) driver to match what’s current in FreeBSD, including a new msp driver (from Linux), and support for the Terratec TValue, which was submitted by Patrick Mauritz.

cc3 has been switched back to stabs output, temporarily until DWARF2 support comes into gdb5 or DragonFly gets gdb6.