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5.3 -beta tagged, it's snapshots testing time again!
Contributed by pitrh on Fri Feb 1 10:47:15 2013 (GMT)
from the snap-snap-snap-snap-BETA! dept.

At Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:30:40 MST, Miod Vallat (miod@) changed the -current version string to 5.3-beta:

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2013/01/31 16:30:40

Modified files:
	etc/root       : root.mail 
	share/mk       : 
	sys/arch/macppc/stand/tbxidata: bsd.tbxi 
	sys/conf       : GENERIC 
	sys/sys        : param.h 

Log message:
welcome to 5.3-BETA

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OpenBSD at FOSDEM 2013
Contributed by phessler on Fri Feb 1 10:14:32 2013 (GMT)
from the more puffy for the masses dept.

This weekend Feb 2-3 at the picturesque ULB Campus Solbosch in Brussels, Belgium, the annual FOSDEM conference will be held.

OpenBSD developers Mike Belopuhov (mikeb@) will give a talk about IPsec improvements in OpenBSD and Matthieu Herrb (matthieu@) will give a talk about X.Org on non-Linux systems.

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n2k13 update: Hardware VLAN tagging/stripping and performance enhancements for vr(4)
Contributed by pitrh on Fri Feb 1 08:17:24 2013 (GMT)
from the tag the puffy dept.

Darren Tucker (dtucker@) writes in with a n2k13 hackathon report with details on his vr(4) driver work:

I intended to start the hackathon by finishing off a diff to add hardware VLAN tagging/stripping support for VT6105M chips in vr(4) then moving on to something else. Although I'm not a kernel or hardware hacker, I already had some mostly working code, the data sheet and a test device. How long could this take?

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Back from n2k13 new zealand.
Contributed by pitrh on Thu Jan 31 22:57:41 2013 (GMT)
from the hack the kiwi dept.

The first report from n2k13 in New Zealand comes from Bob Beck (beck@):

Having now returned from n2k13 in new zealand, I thought I'd share a little bit here. We had a very productive time in Dunedin at the University of Otago - where we were provided with some very nice accomodation and a great hacking room organized by Jim Cheetham (Thanks Jim!).

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OpenSMTPD: more features, more cleanup, more more
Contributed by tbert on Wed Jan 30 11:25:14 2013 (GMT)
from the plus-de-clochette-a-vache dept.

Gilles Chehade(gilles@) has written about the updates to OpenSMTPD that he, Eric Faurot(eric@), and Charles Longeau(chl@) have recently committed to OpenBSD.

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WPA Enterprise mode for OpenBSD
Contributed by jj on Sun Feb 3 22:45:34 2013 (GMT)
from the puffy-is-the-captain-of-the-wpa2-enterprise dept.

After seeing discussions on misc@ about where wpa_supplicant would and would not work, Mark Kettenis (kettenis@) decided to take a look at wpa2-enterprise mode for wifi.

This is what he wrote:

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Hibernate on amd64
Contributed by tbert on Mon Jan 21 06:56:15 2013 (GMT)
from the just-keep-hitting-the-snooze-bar dept.

Mike Larkin(mlarkin@) writes to let us know that basic hibernation support is in the tree for amd64 machines.

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Binary patches with BinpatchNG
Contributed by jj on Mon Jan 14 08:01:26 2013 (GMT)
from the can-I-upgrade-my-boss-with-this dept.

Binary patches with BinpatchNG

For many server administrators it may not be desirable to keep a full src tree around to update a system when an errata is published. While this may still be something that could work out just fine on large/fast servers, it's a dreadful task to do this on embedded systems or servers with little diskspace (like CF storage) or limited CPU power (Soekris, Alix, etc).

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Debugging the OpenBSD kernel via QEMU
Contributed by pitrh on Thu Jan 10 20:02:02 2013 (GMT)
from the now-the-heisenbug-is-gone-again dept.

Mark Shroyer writes in about how he used QEMU to track down an OpenBSD kernel bug:

Recently I had to track down a minor bug in the OpenBSD kernel. I tapped QEMU and GDB as debugging tools for the task, running on Ubuntu 12.04 as the host OS. This combination worked extremely well, so for the record here’s how I set it all up.

OpenBSD comes equipped with two kernel debugging mechanisms: ddb and kgdb. ddb(4) is an in-kernel debugger, enabled by default in the GENERIC kernel, and can be invoked either explicitly from the console or automatically in the event of a panic. It is analogous to the Linux debugger kdb in that it can be used to set breakpoints and examine the stack or register state, but (like kdb) it is not a source-level debugger.

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