Another ‘quiet’ week – lots of commit activity in the other BSDs, but not a lot to point at directly. PostgreSQL/FreeBSD performance and scalability on a 40-core machine. (PDF link, via) There’s comparison to DragonFly’s results, mentioned here before. DragonFly’s solution of shared page tables is dism [...]
For people needing WITH_NEW_XORG, an alternate pkg(8) repository is now online. It contains a subset of packages affected by this knob. Please see the announce mail for more details.
The 44th BSDNow episode is out, with an interview of Craig Rodrigues, a tutorial on creating pre-patched OpenBSD ISOs, and the usual discussion of news items, including DragonFly’s recent pf changes. (I don’t get the pun in the title this time, darnit.)
Matthew Dillon changed the default keep-policy in DragonFly to: set keep-policy keep state (pickups, sloppy) This is to match other BSDs (which? I don’t know) and reduce overhead, according to the commit.
A note for everyone: use Hammer default on a very busy filesystem, and you will eat a lot of disk space since all file changes are recorded. (I’ve done this to myself a few times.) Francois Tigeot has a list of tips on how to keep that from happening.
I am pasting the announcement verbatim because NYCBUG is having some hardware issues with their mailing list archive. It’s interesting for both subject matter and because you get to see the inside of about.com. RSVP soon so you can get in! 2014-07-02 - Introduction to Timekeeping, Steven Kreuzer 6:45, about.com (1500 Broadway enter on [...]
BSDNow interviews OpenBSD\'s own Marc Espie about his work on the ports and package system. [ Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Torrent | YouTube | Show Notes ]
The max number of CPUs on DragonFly just went from 63 to 64. This is really just a side effect of preparation to move up that limit, but I am entertained by the single-digit bump.
Are you running a Hammer filesystem on a low-memory system? You may get some warnings. It’s possible to tweak some settings to accommodate it, or just deal.
I’m running multiple concurrent poudriere builds on slocum. I see no problems doing this. [dan@slocum:~] $ uptime 9:51PM up 1 day, 6:37, 8 users, load averages: 30.38, 22.58, 11.87 [dan@slocum:~] $ ps auwx | grep sudo root 8877 0.0 0.0 48804 2616 1 I+ 9:45PM 0:00.01 sudo /usr/local/bin/poudriere bulk -j 92amd64 -f /usr/local/etc/po [...]
I bring the audio and the visual today. The History of Mana. (via) Where “Von Neumann architecture” comes from. (via) Futuristic User Interface 16. (video) Floppy table. The storage space is clever. As I’ve said before, every software project grows until it has its own package manager for installing other software. Thi [...]
FreeBSD 9.3-RC2 Now AvailableThe second RC build of the 9.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures.The image checksums can be found in the PGP-signed announcement email.ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images are [...]
This week seems relatively quiet; possibly because school is out and the weather in the northern hemisphere is nice? PC-BSD 10.0.0.2, the release, is out. The PC-BSD text installer now supports full-disk encryption. Where KDE is Going, part 1. (via) Another OpenBSD GSoC project summary. procfs in OpenBSD is probably going to be removed (Rea [...]
The second RC build for the FreeBSD-9.3 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.
Predrag Punosevac noticed that turning on pf was slowing his machine down. Rearranging the rules fixed a lot of it for him. However, Matthew Dillon decided it was time to make pf work concurrently instead of in a single thread, and 24 hours later, it does. Quick, someone benchmark this!
BSDNow 043 talks with Marc Espie of OpenBSD about packaging, goes through updating your BSD system (all of them? I haven’t watched yet), and discusses a number of other links.
If you are upgrading a DragonFly 3.6 system to 3.8, make sure you have the absolute latest version of 3.6 first. A few people have had a crash during install of the new initrd, which leaves the system in an unbootable state. There’s a fix now in 3.6 from Joris Giovannangeli, so updating 3.6 and then moving to 3.8 will ensure this (Rea [...]
Did you try to install DragonFly relatively recently and it never made it past the bootloader? Apparently there’s a bug in some BIOS when using a smaller USB drive to install. The loader checks multiple places for information, and if it checks somewhere that’s ‘farther’ than the end of the disk (i.e. 6G on a 4G USB k [...]
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next PC-BSD quarterly update, version 10.0.2! This update includes a number of important bug fixes as well as newer packages and desktops, such as KDE 4.12.5, Cinnamon 2.2.13, Gnome 3.12.2, and more. This release also includes an alpha release of the new Lumina desktop which is be [...]
O’Reilly is running a 50% off special on a variety of books on electronics, with coupon code WKECTRC. I’m posting it now because it only lasts for this week. Update: another offer just popped up in my email – 50% off various “web performance and operations” books with the code CFVLTY4.