Lin­ux­u­la­tor D‑Trace probes com­mit­ted to cur­rent

A while ago I com­mit­ted the lin­ux­u­la­tor D‑Trace probes I talked about ear­li­er. I wait­ed a lit­tle bit for this announce­ment to make sure I have not bro­ken any­thing. Nobody com­plained so far, so I assume noth­ing obvi­ous­ly bad crept in.

The >500 probes I com­mit­ted do not cov­er the entire lin­ux­u­la­tor, but are a good start. Adding new ones is straight for­ward, if some­one is inter­est­ed in a junior-ker­nel-hack­er task, this would be one. Just ask me (or ask on emu­la­tion@), and I can guide you through it.

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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.

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DTrace in GENERIC (-cur­rent)

In case you have not noticed yet, KDTRACE_HOOKS is now in the GENERIC ker­nel in FreeB­SD-cur­rent. This means you just need to load the DTrace mod­ules and can use DTrace with the GENERIC ker­nel.

In case you do not know what you can do with DTrace, take the time to have a look at the DTrace blog. It is worth any minute you invest read­ing it.

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Sock­ets and nullfs: works now in ‑cur­rent

I just updat­ed to a recent -cur­rent and tried the new nullfs. Sock­ets (e.g. the MySQL one) work now with nullfs. No need to have e.g. jails on the same FS and hardlink the sock­et to not need to use TCP in MySQL (or an IP at all for the jail).

Great work!

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v4l sup­port in the lin­ux­u­la­tor MFCed to 8‑stable

I merged the v4l trans­la­tion lay­er into the lin­ux­u­la­tor of 8-sta­ble. As in -cur­rent, this just means that lin­ux apps (like Skype) can now use FreeB­SD native devices which con­form to the v4l ABI. The port multimedia/webcamd pro­vides access to some web­cams (or DVB hard­ware) via the v4l ABI.

Peo­ple which want to test the lin­ux­u­la­tor part should first make sure a native FreeB­SD appli­ca­tion has no prob­lem access­ing the device.

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