Subject: Re: man pages & style guide
To: None <Chris_G_Demetriou@NIAGARA.NECTAR.CS.CMU.EDU>
From: Rick Kelly <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/08/1996 23:52:16
Chris_G_Demetriou@NIAGARA.NECTAR.CS.CMU.EDU said:

>> bearing in mind that the porting of gcc is a pre-requisite for porting
>> NetBSD).
>Gcc is _not_ a prerequisite for porting NetBSD.  In fact, i had a
>somewhat working NetBSD/Alpha environment, before i ever compiled

I think that he is saying that this would be required if the NetBSD
sources were ANSI-ized.  I guess there is a certain assumption that
GCC compiles on almost any likely candidate platform that has some
audience left today.  At one point in time, merely porting GCC to a
system didn't necessarily imply that it would be capable of building
a viable OS without some compiler hacking.

On the other hand, platforms that support SVR4 have an ANSI compiler by
default, usually, but one hates to limit the age of possible candidates
for ports of NetBSD.
Rick Kelly