Seems I forgot to announce that the linux_base‐c6 is in the Ports Collection now. Well, it is not a replacement for the current default linux base, the linuxulator infrastructure ports are missing and we need to check if the kernel supports enough of 2.6.18 that nothing breaks.
To my knowledge, nobody is working on anything of this. Anyone is welcome to have a look and provide patches.
This weekend I made some progress in the linuxulator:
- I MFCed the reporting of some linux‐syscalls to 9‐stable and 8‐stable.
- I updated my linuxulator-dtrace patch to a recent -current. I already compiled it on i386 and arundel@ has it compiled on amd64. I counted more than 500 new DTrace probes. Now that DTrace rescans for SDT probes when a kernel module is loaded, there is no kernel panic anymore when the linux module is loaded after the DTrace modules and you want to use DTrace. I try to commit this at a morning of a day where I can fix things during the day in case some problems show up which I did not notice during my testing.
- I created a PR for portmgr@ to repocopy a new linux_base port.
- I set the expiration date of linux_base‐fc4 (only used by 7.x and upstream way past its EoL) and all dependent ports. It is set to the EoL of the last 7.x release, which can not use a later linux_base port. I also added a comment which explains that the date is the EoL of the last 7.x release.
After a quick discussion with nox@ I made a copy&paste of his “VDR is committed now”-mail into the FreeBSD wiki. I also re‐styled some small parts of it to fit better into the wiki. It is not perfect, but already usable. Now interested people can go and improve the docs there.
Thanks to Juergen for all his work in this area!
Yesterday I deprecated the non‐default Fedora based Linux base ports. This means fc6, f7, f8 and f9 will vanish soon (I decided for one month of expiry time). This is because all of them are End of Life upstream since a long time (= no security updates).
The fc4 and f10 ones are still available – even if they are End of Life too – because FreeBSD 7.x can not use something newer than the fc4 one, and we have not tested yet a more recent Linux distribution.
Probably the most easy way to update the Linux base ports to something newer is to stay with Fedora (we have a lot of ports‐infrastructure for it already). Unfortunately it is not known if something newer works without problems (missing epoll/inotify support could be a roadblock here in case it is extensively used in a more recent version).
I want to get some time to have a look if a more recent Fedora version is suitable for the use as a Linux base in FreeBSD 8.x+, but I do not have an estimate when I can start and how long it may take. In case someone already tested a more recent Fedora version feel free to share your experience.