Subject: Re: port-mips/4277: NetBSD/mips endian probrem
To: Carl Shapiro <>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
List: current-users
Date: 10/16/1997 19:27:03

>> This sounds like something that may, truthfully, need its own port ("news"? 
>> "mipseb"?) because there's a lot--I mean a LOT--of stuff in the tree that

>As there are also 68020 and 68030 based Sony News workstations, it would be
>best to name this port news-mips, or something to that tune.

The 4.4BSD-Lite (and IIRC lite2) source trees have a `news3400' kernel
tree which used large chunks of the src/sys/pmax tree. A news3400 port
built on our sys/arch/mips/ tree seems fine to me.

IIRC, someone (Soda-san or Tohru-san, I forget which) says that there
are a completely different line of MIPS-based Sony workstations which
were also sold as News workstations, aren't ARC-compliant, and are not
supported by the news3400 port. (The unsupported line has `smart' disk
controllers which we don't have documentation for, etc.)  

I'm not sure, but I'd guess that's why the 4.4BSD port was named
`news3400'.  `news-mips' isn't so great, unless we plan to support
that other unsupported, undocumented, Sony News hardware someday.

(And, btw, thanks to for doing the port!!)