Monday, October 01, 2007

Should I experiment on using DragonFlyBSD?

My Soekris net4801 box, which acts as my Ethernet switch by bridging all of its ports, is experiencing intermittent slowdown, especially under heavy load. This has occurred after replacing its OS from FreeBSD 6.2 to FreeBSD 7.0-CURRENT, March snapshot. I think it's because it had some critical bugs last March (I was too lazy to download a September snapshot) and because WITNESS, INVARIANTS, and other debugging options have been enabled in the kernel. Instead of rebuilding the kernel, I'm thinking of using DragonFlyBSD instead. I want to experiment. I'll do this on Saturday so as not to interfere with my work.

2 comments:

jsherrill said...

INVARIANTS and other debugging options are also on in DragonFly by default, so you may want to turn them off.

Also, you can use the pre-flight-installer to perform the install:

http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/mailarchive/kernel/2007-04/msg00057.html

I use DragonFly now on my gateway - works fine, even though I haven't removed the various debug options.

simoncpu said...

Thanks so much for the tip! =)