DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2004-01
Here be dragons
Interesting to note if you plan on doing MFC's from FreeBSD-CURRENT:
Most of my testing was done on the AMD64 edition, but I did install and
use the i386 edition as well.
The first thing I noticed when I upgraded to 5.2 was that dhclient, the
utility that starts DHCP services, no longer worked correctly. My
motherboard has integrated 3Com gigabit LAN using the SysKonnect chip;
in 5.1-CURRENT (as of the middle of November) everything worked
perfectly... then sometime in December someone changed the CURRENT code
somewhere and boot-time DHCP services started less than half the time.
With 5.2-RELEASE it doesn't work at all. Changes were made to both the
sk driver and dhclient, but I can't figure out which one is at fault. I
figured out a long-winded fix for the problem, which is to quit dhclient
by using the -r switch, then start tcpdump to send the card into
promiscuous mode, then ctrl-c out of it and start the /etc/netstart
script to start DHCP. I have to do this every time I boot the machine. I
tried some patches that were available but none of them worked; in the
end I filed a bug report to ensure that the problem was addressed.
As previously mentioned, the AMD64 edition has trouble with at least two
mice. The XFree86 packages don't come with the same video card support
that the same programs in the Ports system do. Specifically the
precompiled packages didn't have VESA driver support, which is an issue
for me because it's the only driver that works for the ATI Radeon 9800
Pro right now.
I ran into a mysterious bug with KUser which deleted my root password...
the only solution to this problem was to reinstall the base system from
the CD. The problem was addressed in KDE 3.14, and I had installed the
KDE package from FTP which was apparently out of date. In fact, package
installation was nothing short of disastrous for me. The alternative is
of course the Ports system, which I prefer, but it took a while to get
the right /etc/make.conf options. Namely, I needed to compile a lot of
programs with -fPIC.
It seemed to me that there were far more problems with 5.2-RELEASE than
there with 5.1-RELEASE, and actually I was doing much better with my
5.1-CURRENT build from November.
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