nosh version 1.29

From: Jonathan de Boyne Pollard <>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:33:27 +0000

The nosh package is now up to version 1.29. * *
* There's been a lot going on since
version 1.28 . 2016 leap second ---------------- The TAI to UTC
conversions know about the forthcoming leap second. service bundles
--------------- As usual, there are several new service bundles, from
powerd++ through zfsd to fwknopd. The new fs-servers target allows one
to order the initialization of NFS servers before loop-to-self NFS
mounts. The new multi-user-pre target is another ordering target that
allows services such as the motd file updater to be ordered before TTY
login services. The instantiated kdm_at_tty7 and kdm_at_ttyv6 services have
been replaced with a single kdm service, with a view to dealing with
display managers better in the future. I have some plans in this area.
The Samba service names have been fixed. Debian calls them nmb, smb, and
winbind; but the Samba doco and most places on the WWW call them nmbd,
smbd, and winbindd. The latter names are used in the service bundles
package, with aliases pointing to them from the Debian names. doco ----
The doco has been improved and kept up-to-date in various places,
including correct descriptions of set-service-env and print-service-env
after one confused user got in touch. PC-BSD is now named as TrueOS
where the reference is not historical. code review ----------- As a
result of some code review that was offered, std::auto_ptr is now gone
and a rare memory corruption bug in safe_execvp() has been fixed.
Building from scratch when one doesn't have a prior daemontools or
freedt toolset installed also no longer hits a bug. configuration import
improvements --------------------------------- In an effort to clear
those last few remaining items on the nosh roadmap, a whole load of
configuration import (pppd, sppp, rfcomm_ppp, dhclient, wpa_supplicant,
natd, and hostapd) has been consolidated under the umbrella of
static-networking. I plan to expand this further in 1.31, given how much
is already in 1.30. Linux kernel VTs ---------------- Management of
Linux kernel virtual terminals has some improvements, including setting
UTF-8 canonical mode editing and keyboard composition modes, and
emitting the control sequences that set up the screen saver. tai64nlocal
changes ------------------- tai64nlocal has adopted a minor but
important change from the BSD and GNU C libraries: before reading the
start of a line it flushes its output. This came from trying to use it
as a co-process in GNU awk. To prevent deadlocks, GNU awk co-processes
need to be in what is effectively line buffered output mode even though
their standard inputs and outputs are not terminal devices. This is now
the case for tai64nlocal and it can be used to convert TAI64N timestamps
as a GNU awk co-process. FreeBSD and TrueOS packaging
---------------------------- The largest change, however, is in the
FreeBSD/TrueOS and OpenBSD packaging. This is a change that is going to
happen in the Debian packaging in a later version. It's partly to
simplify the package maintenance, and partly a step towards having
OpenBSD packages that work. A single package description is fed to both
the new pkg tool that exists on FreeBSD/TrueOS and the old pkg tool that
exists on OpenBSD. It's not perfect, as there are things that are easy
with the new pkg tool that are hard with the old one; and the OpenBSD
packages are still not fully functional. But things are better than they
were. The OpenBSD service bundles package now almost properly sets up
per-service user accounts and log directories, for example.
=========== IMPORTANT UPGRADE NOTE FOR FreeBSD/TrueOS: ===============
An important consequence of the aforementioned is that the semantics of
the nosh-bundles package have changed. In earlier versions, the various
nosh-run-* packages were how one set services running, except for a
small rump set of services that were set up by the nosh-bundles package.
This is now no longer the case. The nosh-bundles package now presets and
starts no services at all. *All* running of services must be achieved
with the nosh-run-* packages or some other sets of scripts and presets.
To this end, there are now two new packages,
nosh-run-freebsd-desktop-base and nosh-run-freebsd-server-base. These
parallel the already existing nosh-run-trueos-desktop-base and
nosh-run-trueos-server-base packages; except that they do not start any
of the services that exist in TrueOS but do not exist in FreeBSD, such
as the various pc-* services. You must install, for a working
fully-nosh-managed system, exactly one of these four packages. If you
are running nosh service management under Mewburn rc, you can of course
run as many or as few services under the nosh service manager as you
care to switch over from Mewburn rc. But if you are running a
fully-nosh-managed system these packages will arrange to run the various
fundamentals that one pretty much cannot do without, such as
mounting/unmounting volumes, running devd and ldconfig, and initializing
the PRNG.
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