[PC-BSD Testing] 8.0 ALPHA for your inspection

A.Yerenkow yerenkow at uct.ua
Sun Sep 6 15:52:41 PDT 2009

On 07.09.2009 0:37, Kris Moore wrote:
> On Sun, 6 Sep 2009, A.Yerenkow wrote:
>> On 05.09.2009 17:38, Kris Moore wrote:
>>> Testers,
>>> We've gotten a PC-BSD 8.0 ALPHA ISO to the point where the brave can begin to take a look at some of it's
>>> new features, and test out the new FreeBSD 8 on your hardware. This release is for 32bit only, after FreeBSD 8.0
>>> is released we'll begin the amd64 builds as well. Also, we have not begun to build the PBI tree for 8.0, and will
>>> do so after FreeBSD 8.0 releases. However, you can still install 7.x PBIs on 8.0, but they may not all
>>> perform properly.
>>> This is obviously a very early alpha build, so expect plenty of bugs and missing features. This is mainly
>>> a release for previewing what's to come, we will begin a more serious bug hunt after we finish implementing all
>>> the new features for 8.0.
>> Ok, report here.
>> 1. Guys from FreeBSD again broke something in loader, so I could'nt boot
>> from FAT USB.
> Aurg, seems like they do that often :( I have a USB image here, that doesn't need FAT support, you can
> just dd' the UFS image over. Would you like to try that instead of working on FAT stuff?
I formatted usb in ufs, make it bootable and simply copy all from ISO, 
this do the magic :)
>> 2. I had with last Alpha problems with wireless, sometimes network
>> restart could hang + reboot my PC-BSD, what is worse - reboot of my
>> wireless router 100% did reboot of my PC-BSD (ouch, this hurts ;) ).
> Yea, I've seen that here as well. We need to report issues like that to the
> freebsd team, so that the wifi guys can figure out whats causing it.
>> 3. I installed PC-BSD, configured wireless, tried to restart network,
>> comp reboots, filesystem broken, and you know, I found /etc/rc.conf file
>> empty :) That's render my system un-loginable :)
>> I need to write it from scratch now :)
>> Kris, how about make ALL operations with important files more fail-proof?
>> Something like this:
>> echo "new content">  file.new
>> sync (to make sure all OK)
>> cp file /usr/PCBSD/backups/impotrant-files/file-`date`.bak&&  sync&&  mv
>> file.new file&&  sync
>> This would be much better, and wouldn't cause troubles with soft updates
>> and hangups.
>> Of course, this not for all files, just for system config ones.
>> If you'd like I could do this :)
> Good idea! If you want, feel free to implement this in the pcbsd-netmanager code in pcbsd/trunk. Especially
> with the network restarts being so unreliable for now.

would be good dir to store old config files?

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Best Regards
Alexander Yerenkow,
Generalissimo of UCT

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