Saturday, October 25, 2014

Resetting the root password on OpenBSD

Just had to do this. My first time booting in to single user mode. I feel like a big boy. Thanks to Geeklog for holding my hand.

Reboot the server

At boot> prompt type boot -s to boot into single user mode: boot> boot -s

Next you will see a message as follows:
Enter pathname of shell or RETURN for sh:

Just hit [Enter] key to load sh shell.

Next mount / and /usr file system in read-write mode:
# mount -uw /
# mount /usr

Finally set or change the password for root user, enter:
# passwd

Press CTRL+D to boot into multiuser mode or just reboot server:
# reboot

Monday, October 13, 2014

Improved GC in .NET 4/4.5.1

I'm a little late to the show, but this is a good article for those who wish to review the interactions between workstation/server and concurrent/background/regular garbage collection.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CPAN Testers - Platforms needed

The Perl community needs some help folks - here's the article.
During CPAN Day, unsurprisingly, there were quite a number of CPAN Testers reports (37764 in 1 day, which although 10k higher than the average, wasn't the highest we've seen in a day, that was 47929 back in January). One aspect of which I wanted to see was, how many different OSes were being tested? The subject also cropped on the mailing list, thanks to Dean Hamstead, as to which OSes are undertested, which we would really love to see more reports for. Of the testing that has been done over the last few months, the following popular OSes could use a bit more testing. So if you have a spare box and are looking to get involved with CPAN Testers, one of the following would be very gratefully appreciated:
  • Solaris
  • Irix
  • Windows (Cygwin)
  • NetBSD
  • FreeBSD
  • OpenBSD
I'm getting my Cygwinsmokers back into working order, and am working on the BSD angle. Will gladly run Solaris on SPARC given the hardware.