Subject: Re: Testing executables across all m68k ports
To: None <>
From: Theo de Raadt <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/18/1994 12:44:10
> 	Since the m68k port has 4 implementations, hp300, Amiga, Mac and Sun 3,

5: hp300, amiga, mac, sun3, da30.

> 	has anybody checked to see if executables created on one will work
> 	on the other 3?

except for the hp300 (which uses a 4K linker pagesize), they do. In fact,
the sun3 port at the moment is using amiga-compiled binaries.

the only difficulty comes from the kvm library; it is different for all
architectures at the moment.

> 	That would be quite a feather in the NetBSD cap if it really does
> 	work! Especially if things like X clients could be swapped back
> 	and forth! In theory all executables except X servers should be
> 	exchangable between the above 4 implementations yes?

While the clients are usable, it is probably not worth it adding
support for all the different X device drivers to one server that runs
everywhere. There's some wide variation in frame buffers.

             Suicide, Accident or Homicide? - A Forensic Puzzle

     For those of you who were unable to attend the Awards Dinner during
 the Annual Meeting in San Diego, you missed a tall tale on complex
 forensics presented by AAFS President Don Harper Mills in his opening
 remarks.  The following is a recount of Dr. Mills' story...
     "On March 23 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus
 and concluded that he died from a gunshot wound of the head caused by
 a shotgun.  Investigation to that point had revealed that the decedent
 had jumped from the top of a ten story building with the intent to
 commit suicide (he left a note indicating his despondency).  As he
 passed the 9th floor on the way down, his life was interrupted by a
 shotgun blast through a window, killing him instantly.  Neither the
 shooter nor the decedent was aware that a safety net had been erected
 at the 8th floor level to protect some window washers and that the
 decedent would not have been able to complete his intent to commit
 suicide because of this.
     Ordinarily, a person who starts into motion the events with a
 suicide intent ultimately commits suicide even though the mechanism
 might be not what he intended.  That he was shot on the way to certain
 death nine stories below probably would not change his mode of death
 from suicide to homicide.  But the fact that his suicide intent would
 not have been achieved under any circumstance caused the medical examiner
 to feel that he had homicide on his hands.
     Further investigation led to the discovery that the room on the
 9th floor from whence the shotgun blast emanated was occupied by an
 elderly man and his wife.  He was threatening her with the shotgun
 because of an interspousal spat and became so upset that he could not
 hold the shotgun straight.  Therefore, when he pulled the trigger,
 he completely missed his wife and the pellets went through the window
 striking the decedent.
     When one intends to kill subject A, but kills subject B in the
 attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject B.  The old man was
 confronted with this conclusion, but both he and his wife were adamant
 in stating that neither knew that the shotgun was loaded.  It was the
 longtime habit of the old man to threaten his wife with an unloaded
 shotgun.  He had no intent to murder her; therefore, the killing of
 the decedent appeared then to be accident.  That is, the gun had been
 accidentally loaded.
     But *further* investigation turned up a witness that their son was
 seen loading the shotgun approximately six weeks prior to the fatal
 accident.  That investigation showed that the mother (the old lady)
 had cut off her son's financial support and her son, knowing the
 propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded
 the gun with the expectation that the father would shoot his mother.
 The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the
 death of Ronald Opus.
     Further investigation revealed that the son became increasingly
 despondent over the failure of his attempt to get his mother murdered.
 This led him to jump off the ten story building on March 23, only to
 be killed by a shotgun blast through a 9th story window.
       The medical examiner closed the case as a suicide."

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