PCMCIA Problems

Emiel Kollof found that to get a PCMCIA network card going, you need to add these lines to /etc/rc.conf: (replace x’s with your static address, if applicable.)


removable_interfaces="<interface name>"
pccard_ifconfig="inet xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx netmask xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx"
or
pccard_ifconfig="DHCP"

Bootsplash

Emiel Kollof made a bootsplash screen at 800x600x8, available here. Download, ungzip to /boot, and put these lines in your loader.conf:


vesa_load="YES"
splash_bmp_load="YES"
bitmap_load="YES"
bitmap_name="dfly.bmp"

The screen, incidentally, looks just like the main site logo.

Even more replacement

The conversation about how to handle third-party utilities in the base system is continuing. Most everyone is coming around to the idea of variant symlinks – file links that use a variable to determine destination, with that variable value determined by the rc system.

Matt Dillon added to his earlier plan with a description of the framework for this variable data, using a system MTA as an example:
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Code Cleaning continues

David P. Reese, Jr. has completed the 4th stage of his work separating syscalls. This patch splits getsockopt() and setsockopt(). It’s not yet committed as of this writing, but there are no objections yet. A side benefit of this work is that calls like stackgap_init() and stackgap_alloc() can be removed, as they copy data into an area of kernel memory that’s easily overwritten.

The aforementioned K&R -> ANSI cleanups have been committed – that’s about 160 files in bin and sbin that have been cleaned up.

ACPI already

David Rhodus kindly pointed out to me that I missed his commit of ACPI code from Intel, back on the 23rd.

It’s not installed by default. To use it, you’ll need to add ‘device acpica’ to your kernel config file.

Sendmail not sent yet

Timothy Cava brought up the topic of removing sendmail from the base system, and what would be needed to do so without breaking many, many things. Mike Porter pointed out that an rc.mail file should be able to control it. Jeremy Messenger added that this was talked about in an earlier thread revolving around Perl and other base components from FreeBSD. David Rhodus closed this discussion, somewhat, by saying a final DragonFly BSD packaging mechanism is necessary first.