Thu, 31 Jul 2008

1:02 PM - CVS mirror

 I've setup an anonymous cvs mirror (pserver) for MidnightBSD.  This is rsync'd every two hours from stargazer.  It won't help with bandwidth as it's still on the same network, but the system is much faster (sata, pentium d 805, ...) 

For instance, to checkout mports:

cvs -d co mports


tags: cvs mports midnightbsd


Mon, 25 Aug 2008

3:48 PM - The 64 million dollar question

When is 0.2 coming?  Very soon.  I'm doing one last magus run for testing.  Run 98 will be tagged upon completion pending any new issues.  That will conclude mports for this release.

Here is a list of remaining task prior to 0.2 release: 

  • Placing run 98's binaries (magus) on the FTP server
  • Changing the name of the release in the src code (0.2-RELEASE)
  • Making last minute adjustments to src/release and sysinstall to handle the packages we generated.
  • Fixing the csup/cvsup files and src/Makefile to point to the cvs branch
  • Creating a test iso set on x86 to find any last minute problems.
  • Tag the src tree
  • Build the final isos 

tags: mports midnightbsd release


3:53 PM - mports status

mports are in the best condition in months.  Run 96 on magus had only 11 failures and very few untested ports.  Anyone holding off on updating mports, should consider grabbing a copy.

Please report any ports that are misbehaving as we want this to be very good for the release. 

tags: mports midnightbsd


Sun, 21 Sep 2008

8:58 PM - Ports work

This weekend, crash@ and I started updating Gnome ports to 2.22.3 (from 2.22.0).  Not all Gnome related ports will be changed.  Several bug fixes are included in this update.   

We hope to have a magus run this week provided the updated cluster software is ready.  ctriv@ has been working on parallel operation for nodes with more than one core.  Some of the new GX270 dell systems the computer science department at Eastern Michigan University donated have hyperthreading.  We also have 3 dual core systems with amd64 MidnightBSD available for runs (potentially).  We may do a test run tomorrow if the software is ready.  In this case, hyperthreading is beneficial.  Often, the nodes are fetching files or in some way waiting on IO operations. 

tags: mports magus


Wed, 24 Sep 2008

Fri, 26 Sep 2008

4:29 PM - xfce 4 added to mports

We now have xfce 4.4.2 in mports.  You may install xfce by using the new meta port mports/x11-wm/xfce4  

 We do not have a package at this time.  

tags: mports xfce


Thu, 9 Apr 2009

10:25 PM - Midori browser

ctriv@ updated the version of Midori and webkit in our mports system the other day.  If you have difficulty building it, be sure to update your version of bash 4.  (it requires a very recent version with a fix he just committed recently)  Also be sure to update libsoup.

Midori is now a useful web browser and it runs natively unlike many of the others in our ports tree.  It's recommended that you try the browser which includes history, tabs, plugins, user scripts, "page holder" like in safari, and many other features.  Anyone familiar with safari on the mac (or windows) might find this browser to be quite friendly. 

tags: mports browser www


Fri, 10 Apr 2009

3:07 PM - Magus cluster at EMU

Yesterday, ctriv and I got the build cluster back up at EMU.  It sounds like we won't be able to keep it much longer, but it's certainly a help to us.  

We would like to find some users willing to donate some computing time to do magus runs in the future as we need to replace the cluster.  Users should be familiar with building the system and able to provide hardware running current. The nodes must have internet access with http, ftp, ssh and mysql port access.

The system can use a virtual machine as well physical hardware.  We need i386, amd64 and sparc64 boxes. 

tags: emu magus mports cluster midnightbsd


Sun, 19 Apr 2009

3:27 PM - mports work

updated ports:




 mports/devel/pear (fixed)

mports/x11-drivers/xf86-input-fpit/ (fixed)

 mports/Mk/extensions/ (fixed with system perl)









tags: updates mports


Sat, 25 Apr 2009

11:28 PM - New Samba 3.3 port

mports/net/samba33 is a new Samba 3.3 port.  It is under the GPLv3.  The previous port will stay for some time. (samba3)  We have no plans to port 3.2.

mports/net/smbldap-tools will aid users wishing to use ldap with the new samba 3.3.

We also updated cups to correct a security vulnerability today. 

tags: security new samba mports cups


Fri, 22 May 2009

Sat, 27 Jun 2009

8:29 PM - Top blockers

Here's the top blockers list from the last magus run (151)


graphics/libmng: 193

devel/gvfs: 190

lang/gnustep-base: 107

graphics/libGL: 107

graphics/dri: 75

print/teTeX-texmf: 27

x11-toolkits/libgnomeprintui: 14

lang/ruby18: 12

java/diablo-jdk16: 8

devel/libgtop: 6

graphics/graphviz: 5

textproc/docbook: 2

multimedia/xvid: 2

lang/ezm3: 2

databases/db46: 2

x11-toolkits/pangomm: 2

lang/ocaml: 2

misc/gnome-user-docs: 2

devel/gdb6: 1

x11-toolkits/gtkmm12: 1

graphics/libgnomecanvasmm: 1

multimedia/xmms: 1

textproc/redland: 1

mail/courier: 1

astro/libnova: 1

devel/hs-haddock: 1

mail/sendmail: 1

java/diablo-jdk15: 1

net/jags: 1

archivers/p5-IO-Compress-Bzip2: 1

audio/linux-libogg: 1

print/hs-hscolour: 1

multimedia/ffmpeg: 1

java/jakarta-commons-lang: 1


tags: top blockers mports magus


Wed, 8 Jul 2009

10:59 PM - ATI Radeon HD 4550

I recently purchased new video cards for my system.  I wanted to get the new cards working in CURRENT with the latest version of X from mports.  After several lockups and other odd behavior, I found that I had to disable the second graphics card (crossfireX in windows) in the X configuration along with removing the keyboard and mouse configuration.  I was then able to start the X server with the radeonhd driver. Don't expect acceleration yet.   

tags: mports xorg hd ati radeon


Sat, 1 Aug 2009

5:14 PM - DNS Ports

All dns ports have been checked for security updates and updated including BIND 9.5 and 9.6.  I've removed BIND 9.4 from mports as it's included with the base system (current) and it's the oldest version still supported.  It's also three versions back at this point.  

tags: mports dns


Fri, 16 Oct 2009

9:04 AM - mports status

 I've spent the last week getting the mports tree back in order.  We let a number of ports get stale while working on other projects.  It's time to get caught up.  

These results are poor, but roughly 100 ports now work that did not before.  We had some dependancies fail; I checked in the corrections for those ports.  A new run was just started.  We should have the results in about two days.

Ports such as libdvdread, libtool, gtk, and browser 3 all had some tlc this week.  We're also updating PHP, Apache HTTPD, Lighttpd, and a few other web related ports.  Many perl ports have been updated, particularly database related.  Bind 9.5 was removed in favor of 9.6.  Some of these changes are not present in the results below.  

Ports we need to get updated or working:

virtualbox, firefox 3.5 unbranded, p5-DBD-Pg, remaining gnome ports (50% of 2.26 is in), KDE4, GNUstep (updates), Etoile, postgres (updates)

Here are the last results from Magus on AMD64 0.2.1-p10

tags: mports updates desktop web security


Sat, 18 Sep 2010

2:23 PM - mports/dns updates

I've updated every port in dns today.  I've also added several new ports.

bind97  - version 9.7 of the popular dns server

autotrust - download new dnssec root zones automatically

ldns & unbound: a library containing RFC compliant dns resolver code and a bsd licensed resolver

Users of c-ares or ddclient probably want to update their ports now. 

tags: mports dns cares bind ldns autotrust unbound ddlclient named


Thu, 1 Sep 2011

1:02 PM - Apache 2.2.20

MidnightBSD mports now includes the latest Apache release.  This fixes a DOS attack using range headers.  Users are encouraged to upgrade. 

tags: mports apache httpd