Subject: Re: COMPAT_AOUT removal
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Tom Ivar Helbekkmo <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/10/2000 10:03:17
Todd Vierling <> writes:

> I've suggested, multiple times, something to the effect of:
> #options 	EMUL_AOUT	# use /emul/aout as additional paths for a.out
> 				# (not required for use with compat14 package)
> ...commented out by default.

Good one.  I've been thinking, though: would it be possible to make
EMUL_AOUT (and, possibly, the other EMUL_* options) tweakable as to
the kind of directory search mechanism they provide?  If you could
choose between:

 - searching only /emul/... (sort of an /emul jail)
 - searching only /... (requiring to check /emul/...)
 - searching /emul/... first, then /... (current behavior)
 - searching /... first, then /emul/...
 - searching a union of /emul/... on top of /... (like unionfs)

...well, I think that could be useful.  Possibly not sufficiently so
to warrant the work, but useful.  And kind of cool.  :-)

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