This Week in Redox 24

By goyox86 on

This is the 24th post of a series of blog posts tracking the development and progress of Redox, the Rust operating system. If you want to know more about Redox in general, visit our Github page.

(edited by goyox86)


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Welcome to another edition of “This Week in Redox”! Without further preamble let’s dive in!

Starting with the kernel land @jackpot51 started work on signals as this is needed for one of cargo’s dependencies. Also @ids1024 Implemented the getppid system call. There was not much activity on the drivers side of things, only a fix for seek flags handling on the Intel HDA audio driver by @xTibor.

The folks of Ion specially @huntergoldstein have been on fire! Shipping a ton of stuff: adding sub-expressions, convenience methods @graphemes(..), @bytes(..) and @chars(..) supporting different ways of iterating strings. Also, the addition of a really nice match-case construct to the grammar. @mmstick along with @myfreeweb have been working on Ion’s job control facility on things like adding support for process groups, handling of SIGTERM and SIGTSTP and the addition of bg, wait and jobs builtin commands.

On TFS @ticki reenabled jemalloc as it was not the cause of this bug. Something worth to mention is that we are currently having a sneaky segfault in one of the conc::sync::treiber tests, maybe you reading this have the fix and we don’t now it!? ;) Jump in!

What about coreutils? Well, the uptime and readlink commands were added as well as a bunch of fixes and improvements for stat. netutils’s httpd was switched to the Hyper crate and the cookbook has seen the birth of a Python language recipe by @ids1024. In pkgutils the pkg continues to evolve steadily. Where you wondering what @jackpot51 has been doing? The answer is: starting the work on UEFI support! You can take a look here and here. Rust libstd support for UEFI? Yes that too! (WIP though). And last but not least @ids1024 continues his work on GSoC trying to make Redox self-hosting! Notably his work on adding symlinks support to redoxfs.

What’s new in Redox?



Ion is a shell for UNIX platforms, and is the default shell in Redox. It is still a work in progress, but much of the core functionality is complete. It is also currently significantly faster than Bash, and even Dash, making it the fastest system shell to date.




TFS is a modular, fast, and feature rich next-gen file system, employing modern techniques for high performance, high space efficiency, and high scalability.




The cookbook the collection of package recipes of Redox. The effort on self-hosting continues! And @ids1024 is working hard on a cargo recipe. How cool is that?


The pkgutils are a set of utilities for package management on Redox.

Handy links

  1. The Glorious Book
  2. The Holiest Forum
  3. The Shiny ISOs
  4. Redocs
  5. Fancy GitHub organization
  6. Our Holy Grail of a Website
  7. The Extreme Screenshots

New contributors

Since the list of contributors are growing too fast, we’ll now only list the new contributors. This might change in the future.

Sorted in alphabetical order.

If I missed something, feel free to contact me (goyox86) or send a PR to Redox website.