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Re: Newbie Kernel Programmer looking for first project.
I intend to use a xen DomU for this.
Can I compile -current in a 4.0 enviroment? Is this a cross-compilation thing?
maybe it would be more appropriate to move to -current on my Dom0.
On 6/30/08, Tim Rightnour <root%garbled.net@localhost> wrote:
> On 30-Jun-2008 Michael Litchard wrote:
> > Hi, I was referred to your open projects list, and I thought
> > this one <http://www.netbsd.org/contrib/projects.html#aprint>, would
> > be a good place to start. I want to run a Xen DomU for this project.
> > Can someone help me with the steps involved in completing this efficiently?
> This is a pretty good one to start out with, just to kind of touch and see
> different areas of the kernel. The problem of course is that some of it will
> be difficult to test, as you might not have a certain driver or such.
> > I have visions of using grep and sed.
> Grep yes, sed no. Most of these have to be done manually. You have to decide
> for each printf if it is appropriate to print it allways, or maybe just in
> verbose boot mode. I think at this point, most of the drivers are converted,
> so its best to probably work on the core kernel stuff in sys/kern and maybe
> some of the other subsystems around there.
> I would suggest converting one file at a time, compiling, and tyring to boot
> with it, to see if you can get some of the messages to appear. Some of the
> printfs might be behind a #ifdef DEBUG or otherwise, so you will likely have
> turn those options on to actually test compile it. I would then submit a PR
> a change request for each one.
> Long term, this won't keep you interested for very long. It looks like a
> number of projects were taken off the project page, and placed onto the
> of code page. I would look through the ones on there, as most of the "low"
> difficulty projects weren't taken. Get your feet wet with this, learn to
> compile the kernel, test messages, fiddle options, etc, then maybe move on to
> something a bit harder.
> Also, make sure you work on -current, and not 4.0 sources. Forward porting
> patches from 4.0 to -current is almost as much work as just doing it from
> scratch, so if you do them against 4.0 they are unlikely to be applied.
> Tim Rightnour <root%garbled.net@localhost>
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