Dheeraj Reddy submitted (and Eirik Nygaard committed) a patch taken from FreeBSD that removes Perl from mergemaster.
Eirik Nygaard has added a dfport for devel/valgrind, based on Doug Rabson’s FreeBSD port.
Matt Dillon pointed out that we could have at least a binary packaging system relatively easily, now:
Continue reading “Matt makes plans”
Matt Dillon has posted his list of personal tasks to finish before the 1.0 release in June of this year.
Continue reading “Goals for 1.0”
‘Till’ has set up some interesting stats taken from the IRC channel #dragonflybsd on EFNet.
Matt Dillon and Hiten Pandya have changed NFS to default to the largest block size possible (32k), which should speed up all higher-bandwidth NFS connections, but especially NFSv3 via TCP.
Matt Dillon has committed code that increases the default socket buffer for NFS to
65535 bytes. This can be changed with the sysctl ‘vfs.nfs.soreserve’. This should improve performance.
The USENIX AsiaBSDCon is happening March 13th and 14th. Jeffrey Hsu, who has been working on DragonFly networking (with a good number of commits lately) will be giving a talk titled: “Concepts, Theory, and Implementation of DragonflyBSD”.
Matt Dillon has placed inital IPC support, using a message structure that is described in the extended entry here, taken from his commit message:
Continue reading “CAPS IPC started”
In an ongoing discussion of Chris Pressey’s proposed
config(8) changes, Matt Dillon said Perl should be removed from the base system, at some point.
Perl is no longer required for building a i386 kernel, thanks to Eirik Nygaard. It may also not be required for other platforms, but it’s only been tested on i386 as of right now.
Chris Pressey posted his thoughts on
config(8). His summary on his plans are thus: “Basically: config(8) shouldn’t let you configure a kernel that won’t build. It should detect that it won’t build, tell you why, and stop immediately without wasting your time with a make session that is doomed to failure.“
If you update your sources and compile using gcc3, it now includes stack smashing protection, committed by Joerg Sonnenberger. Compiling using gcc2 already includes that protection.
There is a new ‘known good’ ISO file on the DragonFly site download page. This newer image includes the recently mentioned support for more partitions per disk.
Joerg Sonnenberger has added an infrastructure for
contrib/. Previously, in FreeBSD, 3rd-party software in the base installation would be modified from its original state to work with FreeBSD 4 (and hence DragonFly). These modifications are then repeated with each new version of the third-party software. (gcc 2.95 -> gcc 3.x, for instance.) The “new and improved” method keeps the original source for the 3rd-party software and keeps all DragonFly-specific changes in separate patch files. This is harder to set up, but better in the long run. This methodology has already been used for certain software like gcc and binutils.
For those of you who multiboot or like carving their disk to bits, Matt Dillon has doubled the possible partitions (8 -> 16) and decreased the number of slices possible. (32 -> 16) You will need to rebuild world and kernel, and install the new boot code with disklabel -B in order to take advantage of this.
Apparently coming soon: a ‘live’ DragonFly CD similar to the LiveBSD CDROM.
David Rhodus has added support for the Silicon Image SATA controller.
Joerg Sonnenberger has proposed breaking apart
sys/types.h into two files – one that follows POSIX, and the other that does not. His proposal is pasted here.
Continue reading “Typesplitting”