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From the trenches: espie@ reports on recent experiments in package building
Contributed by tbert on Fri Mar 7 12:52:45 2014 (GMT)
from the puff my package! dept.

In a recent post to the ports mailing list titled "dpb fun", Marc Espie (espie@) reported on tests running the OpenBSD distributed ports builder on larger than usual hardware and improvements that sprang from the test:

So, I got access to a bunch of fast machines through Yandex. Big kudoes to them. It allowed me to continue working on dpb optimizations for fast clusters, after some tentalizing glimpse into big clusters I got a few months ago thanks to some experiment led by Florian Obser.

The rest of the post follows after the fold, this looks like exciting times are ahead.

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Slashdot Taking Questions for Interview with Theo de Raadt
Contributed by weerd on Wed Mar 5 21:28:17 2014 (GMT)
from the questionable-content dept.

Slashdot is soliciting questions for an interview with Theo de Raadt (deraadt@). So if you've some question you'd like to see the man at the top of the dogpile answer, head on over and drop it in the box.

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OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 Released
Contributed by tbert on Wed Mar 5 16:48:28 2014 (GMT)
from the attn-puffymaster dept.

Gilles Chehade (gilles@) writes in to let us know about the latest official release of OpenSMTPD:

OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 has just been released.

OpenSMTPD is a FREE implementation of the SMTP protocol with some common extensions. It allows ordinary machines to exchange e-mails with systems speaking the SMTP protocol. It implements a fairly large part of RFC5321 and can already cover a large range of use-cases.

It runs on OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, DragonFlyBSD, OSX and Linux.

The archives are now available from the main site at

The rest of the release announcement below the fold.

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BSDCan 2014 Registrations Open
Contributed by pitrh on Wed Mar 5 13:15:41 2014 (GMT)
from the because-BSDCant-never-accomplished-anything dept.

Registration for the 2014 version of the main and longest running North American BSD conference, BSDCan, is now open. The conference takes place in Ottawa, Canada, on the University of Ottawa campus May 14-15 (tutorials) and May 16-17 (talks). You can register for the conference here.

On the program we have OpenBSD developers

Paul Irofti on Porting OpenBSD to Octeon
Peter Hessler on BGP for spamd synchronization
Henning Brauer on 10 years of OpenBGPd
Ingo Schwarze on New trends in mandoc

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Call for Testing: USB Installation Images
Contributed by tbert on Fri Feb 28 23:32:02 2014 (GMT)
from the twiddling-your-thumb-drives dept.

Chris Cappuccio (chris@) announced the need for testing USB installer images on tech@:

Here are some potential USB installer images for OpenBSD/amd64 5.5

The install55.fs contains full installation packages. The miniroot55.fs is a ramdisk-kernel only (for network installation or troubleshooting.)

Please test either on as many amd64 machines as you can with any USB flash and any USB-CF adapters that you have.

Report failures and success of each image ASAP. Test as many flash types (USB, CF-USB, old USB, new USB...) as you can.

SPECIFICALLY, IF you have a boot failure, I need to see the dmesg output (and the fdisk and disklabel output from the machine if possible to boot it another way). Any error messages displayed from the boot blocks or BIOS are also essential.

A follow-up email gives the instructions for creating the installation media:

The installation entails:

dd if=miniroot55.fs of=/dev/rsd2c

Assuming your USB key is identified as 'sd2' after you plug it in (Be careful not to write over a system disk!)

Also you can use physdiskwrite or other tools on Windows or other platforms. All tests are welcome.

As the man says, download, install, and report. If you want to make USB installer images a regular offering, your efforts are required.

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Yes, You Too Can Be An Evil Network Overlord - On The Cheap With OpenBSD, pflow And nfsen
Contributed by jj on Fri Feb 28 07:59:45 2014 (GMT)
from the employ-peter-get-nsa dept.

"Have you ever wanted to know what's really going on in your network?", Peter Hansteen asks in his most recent coloumn, Yes, You Too Can Be An Evil Network Overlord - On The Cheap With OpenBSD, pflow And nfsen,. He goes on to explain how to use your OpenBSD tools (mostly in the base system, the rest available through one pkg_add invocation) to see the hidden life of your network.

It's all easier with OpenBSD, but with some variations the tools Peter mentions will work on any unixlike system.

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OpenBSD Participating in Google Summer of Code 2014
Contributed by pitrh on Tue Feb 25 09:44:17 2014 (GMT)
from the all tomorrow's hackathons dept.

In an email to the OpenBSD community, Bob Beck (beck@) has announced that The OpenBSD Foundation will represent OpenBSD in the Google Summer of Code 2014:

The OpenBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that we have been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2014. As such if you are a student who qualifies to apply for GSOC, you will be able to find us in Google's Summer of Code Application process.

We have an ideas page which is located at

I will repeat my usual disclaimer here on behalf of the foundation - doing anything with GSOC does *not* guarantee the result will end up in OpenBSD or any related project. That having been said we hope to be able to put some mentors together with students to accomplish things that may become useful to the community at large.

This will be our first year doing this, so we hope to learn from the experience and see if it will work out in future years.

-Bob Beck - The OpenBSD Foundation.

The list of project ideas is varied, long, and, most importantly, interesting. Anyone who meets the criteria for participation should take a peek and put their name in the hat for anything that strikes their fancy.

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n2k14 hackathon report: henning@ talks about pf, checksumming, and the smash-and-grab
Contributed by tbert on Tue Feb 25 09:22:09 2014 (GMT)
from the turn-inside-out-for-another-day-of-wear dept.

Henning Brauer (henning@) wrote in with his report on the recent hackathon in New Zealand as well as events immediately before and after:

I flew to New Zealand a good week before the hackathon in Dunedin to hike with benno@ and Anja. Fortunately, we didn't plan ahead, all of that had been moot anyway - Qantas didn't feel like getting Anja's bag to NZ and couldn't even tell where it might be (I knew better than to fly Qantas after making that mistake last year), not even a day later - at that point we would have been in the mountains already under normal circumstances. So we went to buy some replacement gear and took off 2 days after arrival.

We went over the Mr. Robert ridge line to Angelus Lake, to continue on an unmarked "trail" towards hopeless hut and almost got stuck in a 500m high rock wall with rain and heavy heavy gusts - it was fun. When we returned after 3 days, we found our car broken into and almost all of our stuff stolen, including 5 laptops and most of our clothes. Most of Anja's stuff was safely at some Airport in Qantas possession, but I didn't even have underwear any more.

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How to create a USB flash installer for OpenBSD
Contributed by phessler on Tue Feb 25 08:35:53 2014 (GMT)
from the installs in a flash, baby! dept.

Chris Cappuccio wrote in with a procedure to create USB thumbdrive install media:

Luke Tymowski said on Twitter that if you search the Google for instructions on how to create a bootable USB flash OpenBSD installer, you get lots of conflicting instructions. So I thought I'd set the record straight, at least for i386/amd64. It's easy if you already have OpenBSD installed.

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