Some notes on DragonFlyBSD 1.x

* Version 1.4 of DragonFly was made available on January 7, 2006. Information below is about older versions.

  • Sample cvsupfile for DragonFlyBSD sources:
    *default base=/usr
    *default prefix=/usr
    *default release=cvs tag=DragonFly_Preview
    *default delete use-rel-suffix
    *default compress
  • Sample cvsupfile for DragonFlyBSD pkgsrc:
    *default release=cvs tag=.
    *default delete use-rel-suffix
    *default umask=022
    *default base=/usr
    *default prefix=/usr
    *default compress

    Do not forget to:

    # cd /usr/pkgsrc/bootstrap
    # ./bootstrap
    # cp -i work/mk.conf.example /etc/mk.conf
  • Simple update procedure, but it is best that you read /usr/src/UPDATING first:
    # make buildworld buildkernel installkernel installworld upgrade && \
    newaliases && reboot
  • Note on using ftp-proxy(8) on DFLY (Information current for at least 1.3-Preview as built at 2005/06/15):

    DFLY’s inetd listens on all network interfaces and cannot be instructed to bind on one (as does OpenBSD’s inetd). So while the manual says that your /etc/inetd.conf entry should be: stream tcp nowait root /usr/libexec/ftp-proxy ftp-proxy

    instead for DFLY it should be:

    ftp-proxy stream tcp nowait root /usr/libexec/ftp-proxy ftp-proxy

    and you should use /etc/hosts.allow to wrap/control access to ftp-proxy. You must allow access to ftp-proxy from the networks that you expect to use it. This is somewhat different than what you expect if you have used OpenBSD/pf/ftp-proxy where the redirection is done on So while the manual instructs:

    rdr pass on $int_if proto tcp from any to any port 21 -> port 8021

    you should use:

    rdr pass on $int_if proto tcp from any to any port 21 -> $int_if port 8021
  • I cannot install DragonFlyBSD from the install CD. It fails with:
    ad0: READ command timeout tag=0 serv=0 - resetting
    ata0: resetting devices ..

    or something similar. Why?

    *** Information current with at least 1.2.0-RELEASE ISO image ***

    Well, some of the newer motherboards cannot fallback at PIO mode if DMA fails. Have no fear, you can still install DFLY. At the boot selection prompt, select option 6 which starts the loader prompt. While there type the following three commands and you are OK:

    > set hw.ata.ata_dma=0
    > set hw.ata.atapi_dma=0
    > boot


    PS: You may need to put these values to /boot/loader.conf.local:


    man loader.conf and man ata for syntax and more

  • Perl: If you have Perl installed from pkgsrc and you have made a copy or a symbolic link so as to have /usr/bin/perl be the same as /usr/pkg/bin/perl , after runnning make upgrade you have to remake the link in /usr/bin (or recopy /usr/pkg/bin/perl there).

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