Monthly Archives: June 2009

What keramida said…

As pleasures go, it is a strange yet somewhat refined one to see a project one has started pick up speed. My fellow translators at the Greek documentation team of FreeBSD have been busy lately, and the result of our collective work is a fairly large number of commits to the “doc-el” repository.

There are now at least four translators actively working on a chapter of their own: Manolis Kiagias, Vaggelis Typaldos, Kyriakos Kentrotis and me. Changesets flow between our repository clones almost every day, and I often find myself pulling patches from two or three places at the same time.

This morning I picked up patches from both Kyriakos and Manolis. Manolis had already integrated with Vaggelis, so pulling from him I also got the translations of Vaggelis. In the meantime, my nightly cron job had finished importing a new snapshot from the official CVS tree, so today’s history graph looks scary:

Greek FreeBSD Translations: Commit History of 28 June 2009

The “surface complexity” of a change history like this may seem scary, but to me it is nothing of the sort. It is, in fact, quite the opposite: something to be proud and happy about, because it shows a lively team, working steadily towards our common goal—a fully translated doc/ tree with a translated, accessible version of the FreeBSD Handbook for Greek users.

It really makes me very happy to see an effort started several years ago gain momentum. My own personal commits are far less than those of the other translators now, and I often find myself in the role of a “patch integrator” instead of actively translating new text. But this is ok, because now we have more people working on the translations so we still get many improvements every day :-)

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Mono ports updated to 2.4

Thanks to the work of Romain Tartiere, the FreeBSD ports of mono have just been updated to the latest stable version (2.4). I expect a few more C# ports to appear soonish! hint gnome-do hint


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Firefox 3.5 RC1 ready for testing!

Howdy, Yesterday FF3.5 RC1 was released! Unfortunately RC1 need a newer version of devel/nspr, we already updated devel/nspr and it seems to be work all fine. If you like to play with both updates you can try following patch [1]. I need to make a exp-run request for this update to make sure nothing will be failed. [1] Please let us know if you [...]

What keramida said…

Looking at the search terms that people used to reach this weblog, I noticed that one of the most popular posts of all time is the “Contributing to FreeBSD” post of Feb 2009.

Search terms for this weblog

This is fantastic! I didn’t realize readers of this weblog would like the particular post so much, but I am extremely pleased you did!

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A BSD Magazine article

At the beginning of this year I was asked by the BSD Magazine people to write an article. I asked what the idea was and I was told that I could emphasize on security, or the installation of FreeBSD and things like that. But then in a way to that everyone can understand it. Also I knew that I was going to move out of the house within limited time, so I agreed writing it if I could have some help.

Jeremy Reed, Michael Lucas and Murray Stokely helped where possible and it resulted in a very nice article. The issue should be out soon, so you are invited to order the issue of and read the article I wrote. It goes about installing FreeBSD 7.1 (yeah it applies to 7.2 as well for whats it worth :) ). So stay tuned!

20090612: In addition you can download/order it from here:

If you read it, I am ofcourse interested in seeing what you think about it, so do not hesitate to let me know!

FreeBSD – clang

Ed Schouten started working on a FreeBSD – clang project. He did this by importing clang into a project repository and making sure that a ‘make buildkernel’ succeeds. (If I followed correctly). I believe this is one of the steps that he will be taking to get the LLVM compiler suitable for FreeBSD, and perhaps eventually replacing the GNU licensed gcc compiler. That (like his TTY work) would be one hell of a job! Please poke [email protected] if you are interested in helping!

FreeBSD 8.0 Slush

The FreeBSD 8.0 code slush had been announced. This means that large projects are no longer allowed to do “drive by commits” to the head branch, but that there is an organisation behind it that checks everything and makes sure there are enough people to cover the project and make sure it’s in the best possible shape before the release. The release will take a little to get going, but the process had been started. From here on the team will have to manouver through a pipe that keeps getting smaller and smaller. If your favorite new feature is not in yet, don’t hold your breath because this might mean that it will take a little longer to get it in a first -RELEASE installation. Stay tuned!

FreeBSD 7.2 mit Huawei E220 in Österreich (drei)

Nachdem ich bei eBay ein Huawei E220 für grob 35.- Euro erstanden und mir jetzt noch eine Daten Simkarte von drei besorgt habe folgt der interessante Teil.
Diese Anleitung verwendet den u3g Treiber von FreeBSD 7.2 mit einem Huawei E220 im Österreichischen Netz von 3

u3g Treiber laden

Wie gewohnt mit kldload u3g laden und damit er nach dem nächsten Neustart gleich geladen wird in /boot/loader.conf eintragen.




Selbst zusammengesucht und durch trial and error so lange ausgebessert bis es das tut was ich will.

 set device /dev/cuaU0.0
 set speed 460800
 set timeout 0
 set authname
 set authkey

set crtscts on
set reconnect 3 90
set vj slotcomp off
set lqrperiod 600
disable shortseq
disable vjcomp
disable acfcomp
disable deflate
disable deflate24
disable pred1
disable protocomp
disable mppe
disable ipv6cp
enable lqr
enable dns
resolv writable
set ifaddr
add default HISADDR


Jedes mal wenn man das UMTS Modem ansteckt muss man erstmal die PIN eingeben. Das kann leider nicht in die ppp.conf weil es sonst bei jedem reconnect einen Fehler auslösen würde deshalb machen wir das auf der Kommandozeile.

echo AT+CPIN=1234 > /dev/cuaU0.0

Nun kann man wie gewohnt verbinden.

ppp drei > dial

Sollte die Verbindung abgebaut werden oder abbrechen kann man durch ein erneutes dial wieder neu verbinden.
Sollte irgendwas nicht auf Anhieb funktionieren kann man auch selbst mit dem Modem reden - in AT Kommandos versteht sich. ("AT", "ATI", "AT&V", ...)

cu -s 460800 -l /dev/cuaU0.0

Autoconnect mit devd

Man kann auch devd nutzen damit er beim anstecken dieses Modems automatisch die PIN eingibt und eine Verbindung aufbaut.


attach 100 {
 device-name "ucom[0-9]+";
 match "vendor" "0x12d1";
 match "product" "0x1003";
 action "sleep 5 && echo AT+CPIN=1234 > /dev/cuaU0.0 && ppp -ddial drei";

Portmgr reorganization

Portmgr is happy to announce that two new members will join the team.

Martin Wilke has been one of our most active committers since receiving his commit bit today 3 years ago. He has been working in a number of subgroups including python, ports-security and the KDE team.

Ion-Mihai Tetcu has been interested in regression testing and qualitiy assurance, creating QAT automated tinderbox testing of all port commits on a per-commit basis, and adding on-the-fly feedback to the snapshot builds from the pointyhat package cluster.

Unfortunately, we will also be saying goodbye to Kirill Ponomarew, who hasn’t had much time to spend on FreeBSD and will be stepping down from portmgr.

We thank Kirill for all his contributions in the past and wish Martin and Ion-Mihai the best of luck with the new tasks bestowed upon them.

Banshee updated to 1.5.0 in FreeBSD Ports

If you haven’t read it yet, Banshee 1.5.0 was released yesterday. I’ve just updated the port. I had to drop my .config/banshee-1 directory and start over but that was only a minor issue since my library was rather small. Hopefully this was just a local problem.

Check out this announcement for more details about the new features.

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bsdtalk174 – Kris Moore at BSDCan2009

Where do you find BSD hiding around you? I have found it in bsdsock.nlm on a novell server, cups-bsd on a Ubuntu server, and in the heading of Apple man pages. Send me your finds.

Interview with Kris Moore at BSDCan2009.

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