Subject: Re: misc/2668: login-names >8 chars make no fun
To: John F. Woods <>
From: Charles M. Hannum <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/30/1996 16:17:57
"John F. Woods" <> writes:

> Well, all the tools to which you have the source.  But considering the
> number of popular software packages that are available on the net in
> Linux and BSDI formats but not NetBSD, I think that breaking binary
> compatibility is something that should not be undertaken lightly.

Given that the formats have already diverged, I don't see this as
being particularly relevant.  If you're using one of these tools, your
best bet is to have an /emul/foo/var/{run/utmp,log/wtmp} and not have
them muck with the native ones.  (With sufficient hacking, you could
fix this, but I assure you that you don't want to know how.)

Of course there's the issue of prebuilt *native* executables...