Andreas Hauser noted that he creates a tarball of the DragonFly source fresh on a daily basis, and puts it here: http://ftp.fortunaty.net/DragonFlyBSD/dcvs.tar.bz2
Matt Dillon has brought in the December 2003 release of ACPI (acpica-unix-20031203) from Intel. The old code is still what’s on by default, as the new code builds but does not yet work.
Peter Kadau answered a question from Jonathon McKitrick about getting rid of your boot manager, if you just have DragonFly:
boot0cfg -o noupdate -s 1 -t 0 -B ad0
Matt Dillon followed up on the topic mentioning that the ‘Dangerously Dedicated’ mode from the old FreeBSD installer is probably no longer worthwhile, and may even cause problems.
Matt Dillon posted that if the recent ATAng integration keeps your IDE controller from working (though the opposite is more common), do:
#define NO_ATANG in /usr/src/sys/dev/disk/ata/ata-all.h
Tomaz Borstnar noted that propolice support is still there for GCC2 (the only compiler at the time it was added) but not yet for GCC3. Matt Dillon followed up saying that other ‘gcc3isms’ have to be cleaned up first, though integration shouldn’t be hard.
Matt Dillon’s added experimental support for the Silicon Image 3512 SATA controller.
Incidentally, credit goes to David Rhodus for generating the base patch for all the ATAng work committed by Matt Dillon yesterday.
Matt Dillon has brought in ATAng from FreeBSD 4 except for “the dma chipset changes and the busdma changes”, while retaining the apparently better DragonFly MPIPE version.
Spam filters have been turned on for the various DragonFly lists: (Taken from Matt Dillon’s post explaining this)
- Matches against certain really annoying viruses
- With a MIME Content-Type header of text/html
- With a MIME Content-Type header of multipart/alternative
- Without a working reverse DNS lookup
- Without a FQDN formatted HELO line
- With an invalid envelope sender. The spam filter does a realtime
connect back to the SMTP server associated with the envelope sender
and attempts to RCPT to it. If this fails the mail will be rejected.
Matt Dillon’s updated the DragonFly site diary.
Xin Li pointed out a race condition in FreeBSD that exists in DragonFly too. Matt Dillon, on further inspection, found a deeper problem. I’m pasting his description here because he’s speaking another language – I don’t even recognize the acronyms he’s using.
Joerg Sonnenberger’s been going on a change rampage lately, adding “__DragonFly__” to a large number of files so that DragonFly-specific compilation can be done.
Several more people have reported successful GENERIC kernel builds – and boots – using gcc3. I wonder how/if this changes performance?
Emiel Kollof’s most recent changes (committed by Matt Dillon) to the NVIDIA binary driver are in.
Robert Garrett posted that using gcc3 (set your environment var CCVER to gcc3) to buildworld will now succeed.
There’s been a slight conversation about threading, where Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven mentioned he would want hybrid, or M:N threading. Miguel Mendez chimed in that 1:1 threading, while not as spiffy, is easier to implement and Sten Spans posted a link to this PDF describing 1:1 threading in Linux. (I assume – haven’t read it yet) Matt Dillon brought up a larger issue: asynchronous syscall messaging support is needed before any of this thread work can be done.
Joerg Sonnenberger has introduced NEWCARD, taken from FreeBSD 5 (mostly) in November 2002.
David Rhodus has updated OpenSSL to 0.9.7c, and Emiel Kollof (committed by Robert Garrett) brought in an override port for libusb, needed for software like SANE.
Hiten Pandya added support for “Allied Telesis SIC-AT” boards, merged from FreeBSD. A ‘SIC-AT’ appears to be a networking card from a Japanese company.
Bill Huey (hui) pointed out that the “RCU” Matt Dillon has been talking about in his recent epiphany is “Read-Copy-Update”, mentioned on this page.