Best features list

Benjamin Woolley tautolog at
Wed Aug 6 10:53:45 PDT 2014

Back when variant symlinks first appeared, I had a dragonfly system that I used to help test portability issues in a huge PHP application that needed to support PHP all the way back to 4.3. I had a gdialog script executed from a menu that would change the php binary invoked from CGI by changing a symlink variable.

I know it is possible to do that with regular symlinks, but it is ugly when you consider how non-atomic it is, the permissions issues, and the visibility issues. Having a per-user variable made it easy to test different environments in a way that wouldn't affect the rest of the system. 

If a customer had an issue with a particular php configuration, I could look at their phpinfo() and reproduce an environment, code a workaround, and test with a menuitem. 


> On Aug 5, 2014, at 9:53 AM, Damian Vicino <sdavtaker at> wrote:
> Hi, 
> I'm preparing a talk about dfbsd for BSDday14.
> I got my personal favourites features list, but I was wondering what others using dfbsd think are the best features that make them prefer dfbsd over other os in some use cases.
> Best regards, 
> Damian

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