Subject: Snapshot report - 19 March tar_files
To: None <>
From: Alistair G. Crooks <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/22/1994 07:41:20
Snapshot report.

Me: (Alistair G. Crooks)

Source: tar_files, 19th March 1994, from

Base version of NetBSD: 0.9.

Upgrade from previous -current: yes, 12 March tar_files from

Machine specifics: 486DX2/66, 16MB RAM, 340 MB IDE (Conner), VGA card

Other software: XFree86 2.1, from

Tar files integrity: good.

Additional things to do during upgrade:

Any warnings during compilation: various, not noted

Any problems during make: see below.

Thanks to Michael VanLoon for the mirroring of sun-lamp, and the
XFree86 2.1 software archival site.

Changes from 12 March tar_files:
(This is taken from the CHANGES file on sun-lamp - last update on 19 Mar 94)

        gcc2: added arch/ns32k directory with files (phil)
        sendmail upgraded to version 8.6.7. 
                This fixes a major security hole in v8.  Our
                distribution has also been cleaned up. (glass)
        sendmail upgraded to version 8.6.8. 
                This fixes a security hole in v8. (glass)
                Lets not make this three in a row...
        fix from (Mark P. Gooderum) to convince diff -l
                to invoke 'pr' correctly. (cgd)
        in tput, don't assume that only valid thing starting with 'l' is
                longname.  Fix from Eric J. Haug <> (cgd)
        various manual page fixes from Luke Mewburn <> and
                myself. (cgd)


1.  Various people have reported vm funnies - didn't happen for me,
but I did nuke the old kernel compile directory completely.

2. is mirroring sun-lamp, and has got the tar_files
on there now.  So please try to use in preference to
sun-lamp, as, if nothing else, it'll mean that the mailing list will
mail things faster.

3.  I had word back from the maintainer of RVM at CMU, saying that the bug
that NetBSD shows looks like the same as one in the HP/UX port of RVM.
He'll let me know more when he's got a fix. Stay tuned.

4.  I compiled this week using a Mar 19 kernel, and a Mar 5 kernel as
a reference point.  The Mar 5 kernel had two spontaneous reboots, the
Mar 19 kernel had none when compiling the same code/formatting the
manual pages.

5.  Matthieu Herrb's compiled the latest version of Xfree86 2.1,
released last week, for the shared libraries in NetBSD-current. There were
a few teething troubles, but everything should now be hunky dory. These
binaries (both static and shared) are on

and also:

There should be shared and static subdirectories.

(You may have to make a symbolic link to called, to make some of the binaries run correctly.  Also, you
may have to delete /dev/ttyv0 - for some reason MAKEDEV moves
/dev/ttyqf to /dev/ttyv0. The former should be fixed in the later versions
of the binaries/libraries).

Thanks Matthieu.

6.  Mike Long's done some patches for Kermit which should be standard
across NetBSD (0.9 and -current), 386bsd 0.1, and FreeBSD.

7.  I saw on comp.os.386bsd.misc that Mike Lee
( (Mike Lee x60019/SISD/2-11-EP)) got
386bsd 0.1 running on an MCA machine.

"I don't know about FREEBSD or NetBSD, but I recently got 386BSD 0.1 + patchkit
0.2.3 (only kernel related patches applied so far) running on PS/2 80. It even
booted on PS/2 70 fine.
In case you are interested, here are some details:
* ABIOS is used for floppy and hard disk access
* stock com, pccons and npx drivers worked without modification
* kernel is stable enough to configure and compile itself (w/o panics or hangs)
* uses gcc-2.5.8, gas-1.38 and binutils-1.9
* uses drop-in console driver,  pcvt-3.0
* did not get to SCSI and network drivers yet (I have none of the board)

Mike L."

8. Keith Moore has succeeded in putting NetBSD on an IBM Thinkpad 750,
complete with drivers for PCMCIA.

"From: (Keith Moore)
Newsgroups: comp.unix.bsd
Subject: patches for netbsd on a thinkpad
Date: 20 Mar 1994 22:42:46 GMT
Organization: Univ. of Tenn. Computer Science, Knoxville
Lines: 10
Distribution: world
Message-ID: <2mijh6INNd6t@CS.UTK.EDU>
Status: O

Hi.  I have netbsd 0.9 running on my thinkpad 750, complete with
pcmcia ethernet support (for IBM's card; sorry but it isn't general
enough to figure out how to configure j. random cards yet.)

Patched kernel files are available from

Keith Moore / U.Tenn CS Dept / 107 Ayres Hall / Knoxville TN  37996-1301
Internet:      BITNET: moore@utkvx
Preserve the fourth amendment!  Say HELL NO to key escrow!"

9.  Luke Mewburn's got some tools to enable manual pages to be
compressed.  I think it'd be great to have such a facility in NetBSD,
especially for the more disc-spatially-challenged amongst us.  Thanks,

10.  Sendmail has changed twice since last we spoke, and I made a
complete prat of myself on the wine mailing list (I still maintain
that their list is set up wrongly...)

11.  Is anyone else looking at the new alpha Postgres for NetBSD?  If
so, please mail me, so that we don't duplicate work.

12.  Are any of the Gnats still out there and receiving this?  Please
get in touch. (Sounds more like computer-dating every day...)

13.  Just another word of thanks from me to all the people who have
provided NetBSD in all its shape and forms - you get a lot of heat and
very little thanks.  So consider me a very happy bunny indeed.

14. I asked some time ago about anyone who had, or was using, or knew of
a cousin who talked to someone's niece who had seen a picture of, any
Magneto/Optical, or Bernoulli disc or even a Floptical. With the prices
what they are ($1300 refurbished for 1.3Gb), I've decided they're worth
it, and would like to swap stories etc. Please drop me a line...

15. According to Amancio Hasty, S3 864 graphic cards are just hitting the
shops now, and they're about twice as fast as a Sparc 10 with GX. There's
also a 17" monitor capable of 1600x1200 @ 70Hz, going for $1100. And I got
slapped for a tax bill of 1500 pounds this morning.

Back to the grindstone...

Alistair G. Crooks (                      +44 252 346377
Amdahl European HQ, Dogmersfield Park, Hartley Wintney, Hants RG27 8TE, UK.
[These are only my opinions, and certainly not those of Amdahl Corporation]