Bikesheds, FC4 and SoC

The last week has seen some bikesheds. One of them was my com­mit of the doxy­gen in­fra­struc­ture for the ker­nel sub­sys­tems. Some people don’t like the way doxy­gen re­quires some markup tags in the com­ments, some people don’t think such API docs provide ad­di­tional value and some people fear that 3rd party de­velopers may use some func­tions which shouldn’t be used. I don’t re­peat the counter-​arguments of my­self and other people here, but there are people out there which already make use of the cur­rent un­sat­is­fact­ory doxy­gen out­put and are happy about this in­fra­struc­ture. Luck­ily is was su­per­seeded by an­other bikeshed (and gnn@ wants to work on doc­u­ment­ing a sub­sys­tem to show the be­ne­fits to those people which do not think yet, that this is a good idea). On a re­lated is­sue, I’m wait­ing on a repo copy of src/​sys/​doc to src/​tools (it’s one of two repo cop­ies I’m wait­ing for, ncvs@ seems to be bussy ATM). Some doc@ people think it is more ap­pro­pri­ate there.

The FC4 linux base port and the xorg based linux X11 libs port are sched­uled for test­ing in an ex­per­i­mental ports build run, we may see the switch of the de­fault linux base port in the not so dis­tant fu­ture. It seems Boris is work­ing on up­dates to the rest of the linuxolator in­fra­struc­ture in the Ports Col­lec­tion (gtk, …), so we may see a lot of up­dates there after the switch of the de­fault linux base port.

In the last days I also helped/​talked with my SoC stu­dents. Ro­man is play­ing a little bit with an amd64 tinder­box he got ac­cess to and as a res­ult he com­mit­ted sup­port for build­ing the linuxolator on amd64 as a mod­ule to per­force (call for test­ers: he did send a patch to emulation@, please give it a try if you own an amd64 box). Ryan is cata­loging the IOCTL’s and their status (im­ple­men­ted, ob­sol­ete, …) in the FreeBSD wiki. I already pr­i­or­ized those he did so far, and gave some sug­ges­tions how to pro­ceed with the im­port­ant ones. This way he hasn’t to wait for me or Ar­iff when he is fin­ished with the cata­loging (be­ing a mentor liv­ing in a dif­fer­ent time zone means you should be ahead of your stu­dent… be­ing ahead even be­fore he is able to asks ques­tions is … a boost for your own ego 😉 ).

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