Subject: Re: Java exec recognition
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Ty Sarna <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/01/1997 01:04:25
In article <> you write:
> A Java recognition module for the exec() family.
> While plowing through the (sad to say it, but disorganized) Linux kernel, I
> did notice that it has a stub routine capable of recognizing Java classes
> and running a Java interpreter when a class is encountered.  This seems like
> an utterly trivial thing to add;, with only two sysctl configurable options
> needed (pathname of Java interpreter and of Applet viewer).  Opinions? 

I like the idea of an LKM for this. There's no reason it needs to be
there at boot time, and it should be doable as a LKM without too much
difficulty. Along similar lines, I always thought it'd be neat to have
similar functionality for DOS executables with doscmd -- just run or myprog.exe or whatever right at the shell. Even call DOS
apps from scripts, etc. I think one of the DOS-under-Unixes for SCO or
Xenix did this, but I never saw it myself.

Maybe what's needed is a generic run-this-program-on-files-with-
this-magic-number facility.