Some minor issues

free_coder free at localhost.localdomain
Tue Mar 17 14:13:33 PDT 2009

Hello, just want to write about some minor (maybe not?) issues that
I've noticed while using DragonFly v2.2.0 GUI Release (DVD version)
last week.
I don't know whether it would be better to post them separately, but
I decided to post them in one message.

0. I was installing DragonFly to the ad0s3 slice, and there were no such
   device in the /dev folder, so the installer couldn't do its job until
   I created the needed devices using MAKEDEV script.
   In the end of the installation process, when I selected the packages
   to install menu item (and there where all packages selected) and
   accepted to install everything selected, I got some errors, but now I
   I can't find them in the install.log file, though I'm attaching it.
1. "more" is not working well with "urxvt", unlike "less", "more" is
   behaving like the -E option is provided even without providing the
   -E option (the -E options tells it to quit when it reaches EOF).
   Here is where the source: /usr/src/contrib/less-4/option.c [694]:
   public int
       if (!less_is_more)
           return quit_at_eof;
       /* When less_is_more is set, the -e flag semantics are different. 
       return quit_at_eof ? OPT_ON : OPT_ON_PLUS;
   The thing is that unlike "xterm", the "urxvt" terminal emulator is
   clearing everything printed by the "more" command after it exits, so,
   for example, the "whatis" command won't work under "urxvt" if your 
   is set to "more". For example, you type "whatis sh" and get nothing.
   It's like "urxvt" is somehow differencing the output of "more"-like
   commands, and keep it in another buffer, for example, when I type:
   $ echo "test" | less
   then type "q" to exit "less", the text "test" is disappearing, but when
   I type another time:
   $ echo "test2" | less
   I can see the not only the latest "test2" text, but also the "test"
   text above, until I press "q" to exit.

2. In /usr/src/contrib/less-4 the source files are +x (why?).

3. Sometimes the X is failing to start (I'm starting it from a user, not
   root), but when I delete ~/.Xsession-l and ~/.Xsession-h 0-byte length
   files, and then try again, it starts. I can't understand why, when and 
   how these two files are being created.

4. My system was used to boot (from the first day of installation till
   today) not so fast, as this was my first experience with DragonFly and
   BSD at all, I decided that this must be the way that it is. It was
   "hanging" about a minute or maybe more after echo-ing the line where
   the system is saying me that it's setting scrnmap, font8x16 and so on.
   Then, after ~1 minute, the logon prompt was coming, then ~1 minute 
   hanging was occurring another time after typing the startx command.
   I don't know what is the real reason that today my system started 
   without that hangings (ya-hoo!), but the only change that I remember
   is that I lowed down the count of ttys with "on" status in the 
   /etc/ttys file. Now I have only 4 ttys (ttyv0-ttyv3) instead of 8.
   And also I converted them to insecure.

5. In the file /usr/share/skel/dot.shrc we can find interesting trick when
   setting PS1: `hostname | sed 's/\..*//'`
   Wo-hoo! Just use hostname -s
   I'm not sure about sh, but in bash we can use just \h instead of that, 
   example my .bashrc file contains this line:
   PS1="\u@\h:\w$ " instead of PS1="`whoami`@`hostname -s`:`pwd`$ "
   The result is something like this: username at dflyhost:/usr/src$ _

6. There is a package in the mirrors named "free", while it's possible to
   install it, it's not possible to use it, because it is working only 
   NetBSD and is calling us (DragonFly users) kids :) When I tried to 
   the OS check from the script, the output was something not what I've
   expected, so, I think it's working only under NetBSD and its package
   should be removed from the mirrors or maybe better be fixed if somebody
   can do that.

7. Some other minor things:

   There is a typo in the NAME section of "man shlock" (scipt instead of

   There is a strange text in "man motd" at the end:
   /home is full, please clean up your directories.
   In the /etc/master.passwd the line containing root entry has name
   "Charlie &". Who's Charlie? :)
   And, there is a 2nd UID=0 user named toor, under name
   "Bourne-again Superuser", it is a disabled to login user, but is it OK?
   "man 5 auth.conf" needs some updates.
   "man crypt" says that "bdes" and "pgp" are not in the distribution, but
   "bdes" is there. Why pgp is isn't? ;) Oh, by the way, can I expect
   porting to DragonFly some disk encryption technologies (there are two
   available for FreeBSD currently)?
8. And, finally, just a question, I'm new to git and I have very limited
   internet channel so I just can't do full git clone of DragonFly 
   but instead, I have the sources of the 2.2.0 version in my DVD
   (src-all.tgz), I extracted it under my /usr directory, and now i would
   like to synchronize the sources downloading just diffs using git, how
   can I tell git to do that?

Thank you very much.


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