Monthly Archives: October 2009

Regressions in FreeBSD 9.0

Even though 8.0 hasn’t been released yet, with the second release candidate available for testing, a number of regressions have already been committed to HEAD, or FreeBSD 9.0-CURRENT. The single change that caused most fallout in ports was a commit to the sh(1) parser that disallows mismatched quotes in backticks that broke a large number of badly written ‘configure’ scripts. A number of those have already been fixed, but there are still plenty of errors out there. The fix is usually easy, like the one for tcl83, so if you’re looking for something to do while the ports tree is still in a slush state, please give a hand by fixing some of the new errors on 9.0. For a full list, see the logs of the pointyhat cluster.