Subject: Re: COMPAT_AOUT removal
To: Frank van der Linden <>
From: Kazushi (Jam) Marukawa <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/06/2000 18:45:01

Frank, could you tell us what will be happen if COMPAT_AOUT
is removed before you ask people whether they need it or
not?  Because I didn't understand what it means.

I've used NetBSD about several years.  Therefore, I have
many aout executables in my NetBSD box, and I'd like to use
them without re-compilation if it is possible.  I knew the
unwanted side-effect.  It confused me sometimes.  However,
it's better than nothing, forcing of all recompilation.

  In this message, I'm assuming removal of COMPAT_AOUT
  forces recompilation of all aout files because I didn't
  clearly understand what "COMPAT_AOUT removal" is.  If this
  is wrong, please let me know or let us explain.  Thanks.

On the other hand, Charles said it breakes many programs.  I
was wondering about this.  Does this true?  I though
COMPAT_AOUT affects only aout executables.  Do any other
executables are broken by COMPAT_AOUT?

-- Kazushi
"Virtual" means never knowing where your next byte is coming from.