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Undeadly to be Upgraded Next Week
Contributed by rueda on Fri Aug 18 23:09:16 2017 (GMT)
from the I-like-your-old-stuff-better-than-your-new-stuff dept.

As there have been no reports of functional bugs since the last beta, and the primary goal of the work was achieved long ago, the (main) Undeadly server is to be upgraded. The upgrade, which is expected to involve downtime of no more than one hour, is scheduled for next .

Changes since the last public beta include:

  • A sprinkling of responsive web design has been added (thanks to a kind contribution).
  • Comments no longer have subjects and the comment header display is more compact.
  • In comment submission, the automatic quoting of parent comment has been removed.
  • Anonymous article submission and commenting has been enabled, provisionally. Those interested in seeing this feature maintained are encouraged to:
    • Refrain from abusing it.
    • (Log in and) Use the "Report to Editors" command on inappropriate comments. (For old, spam-ridden articles, there's no need to report more than one comment. As old articles will be closed for comments following the upgrade, the Editors intend to delete old comment spam, eventually checking all articles.)

Bikeshedding the appearance will continue on the beta site.

[ 4 comments 3:56 ago ] (flat) (expanded)

t2k17 Hackathon Report: Ted Unangst OpenBSD with more ptys
Contributed by nayden on Fri Aug 18 05:24:54 2017 (GMT)
from the moar ptys dept.

The second report from the just completed t2k17 hackathon comes from Ted Unangst (tedu@), who writes:

I did a bit of this and that, but the project that probably has the most interesting explanation has to do with pseudo terminals. This has a bit of history behind it that goes back to the early days of unix.

[ 1 comment 10:05 ago ] (flat) (expanded)

Smartisan Makes Another Iridium Donation to the OpenBSD Foundation
Contributed by pitrh on Thu Aug 17 19:52:29 2017 (GMT)
from the Heavy metal puffy support dept.

News from the OpenBSD Foundation: The Foundation has this year's first Iridium donor.

The official statement from the foundation, via director Ken Westerback reads,

The OpenBSD Foundation is excited to announce that it has received the first 2017 Iridium level donation. For the second consecutive year, Smartisan ( has has made a donation of over CDN$100,000 to support OpenBSD and related projects.

We thank Smartisan for its very generous support! This donation will no doubt fund many exciting projects in the next few years.

We at Undeadly are very happy to hear this news.

If you're interested in contributing to the Foundation yourself, the 2017 fundraising campaign page is a good place to start.

[ 2 comments 1d4:31 ago ] (flat) (expanded)

t2k17 Hackathon Report: Bob Beck on buffer cache tweaks, libressl and pledge progress
Contributed by pitrh on Tue Aug 15 17:18:46 2017 (GMT)
from the cache the pledges dept.

The first report from the just completed t2k17 hackathon comes from Bob Beck, who writes:

Unusually I had basically nothing to do with organizing this year, I let krw@ do all the dirty work, which was good since life has been a bit crazy over the last couple months with things keeping me from openbsd.

[ 1 comment 9:40 ago ] (flat) (expanded)

Beta Update - Request for (more) Testing
Contributed by rueda on Tue Aug 08 06:57:01 2017 (GMT)
from the rinse-and-repeat dept. has received an update. The most significant changes include:

  • The site has been given a less antiquated "look". (As the topic icons have been eliminated, we are no longer seeking help with those graphics.)
  • The site now uses a moderate amount of semantic HTML5.
  • Several bugs in the HTML fragment validator (used for submissions and comments) have been fixed.
  • To avoid generating invalid HTML, submission content which fails validation is no longer displayed in submission/comment previews.
  • Plain text submissions are converted to HTML in a more useful fashion. (Instead of just converting each EOL to <br>, the converter now generates proper paragraphs and interprets two or more consecutive EOLs as indicating a paragraph break.)

The redevelopment remains a work-in-progress. Many thanks to those who have contributed!

As before, constructive feedback would be appreciated. Of particular interest are reports of bugs in behaviour (for example, in the HTML validator or in authentication) that would preclude the adoption of the current code for the main site.

[ 32 comments 3d21:15 ago ] (flat) (expanded)

Large Batch of Kernel Errata Patches Released
Contributed by rueda on Fri Aug 04 00:24:23 2017 (GMT)
from the patch now! dept.

In response to the DEF CON presentation by Ilja van Sprundel, a large set of kernel patches have been released (for OpenBSD 6.0 and 6.1). These important patches should be applied ASAP!

From the announce@ mailing list:

Errata patches for a number of kernel issues have been released for
OpenBSD 6.1 and 6.0.

[ 2 comments 12d5:47 ago ] (flat) (expanded)

mandoc-1.14.2 released
Contributed by pitrh on Sat Jul 29 12:23:24 2017 (GMT)
from the many manners of manuals dept.

Ingo Schwarze (schwarze@) writes in saying:

i just released portable mandoc-1.14.2. It is available now from

The whole message reads,

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Default compiler switched to clang on amd64 and i386
Contributed by rueda on Thu Jul 27 07:42:12 2017 (GMT)
from the clanging now extremely loud dept.

With this commit, the default compiler for (-current base system on the) amd64 and i386 platforms has been changed to clang(1):

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2017/07/26 13:44:42

Modified files:
	share/mk       : 

Log message:
switch the default compiler on amd64 and i386 to clang,
but keep gcc4 in the build for these as well

ok deraadt@

The default compiler for ports has also changed for these platforms.

[ 5 comments 19d13m ago ] (flat) (expanded)

Add vmctl send and vmctl receive
Contributed by phessler on Sun Jul 16 18:49:30 2017 (GMT)
from the move-along-nothing-to-see-here dept.

As we see from the commit message, new developer Pratik Vyas (pd@) adds the ability to do paused VM migrations for VMM.

Mike Larkin also writes on Twitter:

#OpenBSD vmctl(8) : vmctl send myvm | ssh vmctl receive Yes, it's that easy.
Ed: this is *paused* migrations, not live migrations.

[ 7 comments 21d15:08 ago ] (flat) (expanded)

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