blktap2 is long dead (except maybe inside Citrix and maybe OpenXT), deprecated since Xen 4.10 (and not really supported since probably about Xen 4.3, up to 2015):

It was finally entirely removed from the Xen repo last year:;a=commit;h=5c883cf036cf5ab8b1b79390549e2475f7a568dd

If I understand correctly blktap2 died because it couldn't be upstreamed into the Linux kernel due to its licensing (i.e. it wasn't GNU-enough).

blktap3 came along and seemed better, but blktap3 is effectively dead too, and also note that blktap3 as-is effectively relies on libaio and Linux AIO system calls:

(You will find almost all of the links and repos for blktap3 are dead.)

In the mean time blktap (aka blktap1) is still used (as I understand it blktap is just a Linux driver that speaks blkback, the Xen PV block protocol, from dom0 to domUs; along with a daemon and library and tools for building userland block storage providers, such as to VHD files) and so it could also be a great project for NetBSD dom0 as it would add good and easy support for VHD files:

BTW, the following slides give a good (but increasingly dated) analysis and overview of Xen storage access technologies and some of their issues. Herein I believe you can effectively substitute bktap1 and blktap2 as they have the same basic structure.

Finally note that 9pfs via VirtIO may be another way forward, but that's also now in the "Archived" section on the XenProject Wiki:

Comment by late Saturday evening, April 10th, 2021
The /dev/ttyF* are now creatable with running /etc/MAKEDEV wscons. Further configuration still needs to be done manually and i am not sure how to switch to say ttyF0.
Comment by reinoud early Thursday morning, October 22nd, 2020

The day MS exerted control over Github, things went south there, and developers started to flee like hostages from the hub, and for good reason. Before long, MS had killed tons of accounts never ever stating any reasons, just as usual with M$, seemingly. Therefore, people quit github in droves even more so, and justifiedly so.

Ever since, MS has hyperagressively enforced more disruptive policy changes against the userbase of

Why NetBSD still plays the MS game, is beyond many open source enthusiasts. Do they enjoy this kind of abuse by the side of MS ?

Comment by sigo in the wee hours of Friday night, September 12th, 2020
In order for editors/nvi (pkgsrc) to understand unicode, it needs to be built with PKG_OPTIONS.nvi="wide-curses" .
Comment by ottaviocr Saturday afternoon, May 23rd, 2020
there is no orange bar. maybe go to the orange juice bar.
Comment by sigo Monday afternoon, December 30th, 2019
you state "convenience" as a reason? You gotta be kidding me...
Comment by sigo Monday afternoon, December 30th, 2019
print " is a bit of a joke."
Comment by sigo Monday afternoon, December 30th, 2019


A lumina package is present in pkgsrc-wip as wip/lumina.

Comment by leot mid-morning Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
Looks like Lumina is not available in package source any more
Comment by rong1611 late Monday night, January 29th, 2019

Please run $PREFIX/sbin/console-kit-daemon to get the database and pid files in /var/run :) I'm currently debugging the memory fault on the pinebook

Comment by youri late Sunday afternoon, July 29th, 2018