GSoC 2019 Report: Adding NetBSD KNF to clang-format, Part 1


June 29, 2019 posted by Michał Górny

Prepared by Manikishan Ghantasala (shannu) as a part of Google Summer of Code 2019.

Greetings everyone, I am Manikishan an Undergraduate pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kerala, India. I have been very interested in working on the lower level development such as Operating Systems, Kernels, and Compilers. I have also worked on building a computer from scratch. The project is named From Nand To Tetris . It had helped me elevate my interest in the field of Operating Systems and to apply for this organization. I am very grateful to be a part of this program and also would like to thank the community and my mentors for granting me the opportunity and being supportive at all times.

Regarding the first evaluation, it has been quite interesting working on Add KNF (NetBSD style) in clang-format project. I love the NetBSD community and look forward to continue. It has helped me to learn a lot during this period. It has been challenging and amazing so far.

This is a blog post about the work I have done prior to the first evaluation period.

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Enhancing Syzkaller support for NetBSD, Part 1


June 27, 2019 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

Prepared by Siddharth Muralee(@R3x) as a part of Google Summer of Code 2019

As a part of Google Summer of Code 19, I am working on improving the support for Syzkaller kernel fuzzer. Syzkaller is an unsupervised coverage-guided kernel fuzzer, that supports a variety of operating systems including NetBSD. This report details the work done during the first coding period.

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XSAVE and compat32 kernel work for LLDB


June 05, 2019 posted by Michał Górny

Upstream describes LLDB as a next generation, high-performance debugger. It is built on top of LLVM/Clang toolchain, and features great integration with it. At the moment, it primarily supports debugging C, C++ and ObjC code, and there is interest in extending it to more languages.

In February, I have started working on LLDB, as contracted by the NetBSD Foundation. So far I've been working on reenabling continuous integration, squashing bugs, improving NetBSD core file support and lately extending NetBSD's ptrace interface to cover more register types. You can read more about that in my Apr 2019 report.

In May, I was primarily continuing the work on new ptrace interface. Besides that, I've found and fixed a bug in ptrace() compat32 code, pushed LLVM buildbot to ‘green’ status and found some upstream LLVM regressions. More below.

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LLDB: extending CPU register inspection support


May 02, 2019 posted by Michał Górny

Upstream describes LLDB as a next generation, high-performance debugger. It is built on top of LLVM/Clang toolchain, and features great integration with it. At the moment, it primarily supports debugging C, C++ and ObjC code, and there is interest in extending it to more languages.

In February, I have started working on LLDB, as contracted by the NetBSD Foundation. So far I've been working on reenabling continuous integration, squashing bugs, improving NetBSD core file support and updating NetBSD distribution to LLVM 8 (which is still stalled by unresolved regressions in inline assembly syntax). You can read more about that in my Mar 2019 report.

In April, my main focus was on fixing and enhancing the support for reading and writing CPU registers. In this report, I'd like to shortly summarize what I have done, what I have learned in the process and what I still need to do.

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From Zero to NVMM


April 09, 2019 posted by Maxime Villard

It will bring you good fortune, good luck, good health, and strength

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LLDB/LLVM report for March 2019


April 02, 2019 posted by Michał Górny

Upstream describes LLDB as a next generation, high-performance debugger. It is built on top of LLVM/Clang toolchain, and features great integration with it. At the moment, it primarily supports debugging C, C++ and ObjC code, and there is interest in extending it to more languages.

Originally, LLDB was ported to NetBSD by Kamil Rytarowski. However, multiple upstream changes and lack of continuous testing have resulted in decline of support. So far we haven't been able to restore the previous state.

In February, I have started working on LLDB, as contracted by the NetBSD Foundation. My initial effort was focused on restoring continuous integration via buildbot and restoring core file support. You can read more about that in my Feb 2019 report.

In March, I have been continuing this work and this report aims to summarize what I have done and what challenges still lie ahead of me.

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Final report on Clang / LLD state


February 01, 2019 posted by Michał Górny

Starting this month, I will be focusing my effort on LLDB, the debugger of the LLVM toolchain, as work contracted by the NetBSD Foundation. In this entry, I would like to shortly summarize what I've been working on before and what I have been able to accomplish, and what I am going to do next.

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The hardware-assisted virtualization challenge


January 30, 2019 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

Over two years ago, I made a pledge to use NetBSD as my sole OS and only operating system, and to resist booting into any other OS until I had implemented hardware-accelerated virtualization in the NetBSD kernel (the equivalent of Linux' KVM, or Hyper-V).

Today, I am here to report: Mission Accomplished!

It's been a long road, but we now have hardware-accelerated virtualization in the kernel! And while I had only initially planned to get Oracle VirtualBox working, I have with the help of the Intel HAXM engine (the same backend used for virtualization in Android Studio) and a qemu frontend, successfully managed to boot a range of mainstream operating systems.[Read More] [6 comments]

 

The first report on LLD porting


January 18, 2019 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

Prepared by Michał Górny (mgorny AT gentoo.org).

LLD is the link editor (linker) component of Clang toolchain. Its main advantage over GNU ld is much lower memory footprint, and linking speed. It is of specific interest to me since currently 8 GiB of memory are insufficient to link LLVM statically (which is the upstream default).

The first goal of LLD porting is to ensure that LLD can produce working NetBSD executables, and be used to build LLVM itself. Then, it is desirable to look into trying to build additional NetBSD components, and eventually into replacing /usr/bin/ld entirely with lld.

In this report, I would like to shortly summarize the issues I have found so far trying to use LLD on NetBSD.

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NetBSD entering 2019 with more complete LLVM support


December 30, 2018 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

Prepared by Michał Górny (mgorny AT gentoo.org).

I'm recently helping the NetBSD developers to improve the support for this operating system in various LLVM components. As you can read in my previous report, I've been focusing on fixing build and test failures for the purpose of improving the buildbot coverage.

Previously, I've resolved test failures in LLVM, Clang, LLD, libunwind, openmp and partially libc++. During the remainder of the month, I've been working on the remaining libc++ test failures, improving the NetBSD clang driver and helping Kamil Rytarowski with compiler-rt.

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The NetBSD support update before the LLVM-8.0 branching point


December 16, 2018 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

Prepared by Michał Górny (mgorny AT gentoo.org).

I'm recently helping the NetBSD developers to improve the support for this operating system in various LLVM components. My first task in this endeavor was to fix build and test issues in as many LLVM projects as timely possible, and get them all covered by the NetBSD LLVM buildbot.

Including more projects in the continuous integration builds is important as it provides the means to timely catch regressions and new issues in NetBSD support. It is not only beneficial because it lets us find offending commits easily but also because it makes other LLVM developers aware of NetBSD porting issues, and increases the chances that the patch authors will fix their mistakes themselves.

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=?iso-8859-8-i?Q? Handling non-UTF-8 Hebrew email


June 10, 2018 posted by Maya Rashish

I like to use CLI email clients (mutt). This by itself is not unusual, but I happen to do this while speaking a language written right-to-left, Hebrew.
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