Subject: Re: nmap not working?
To: Simon Burge <simonb@NetBSD.org>
From: Greg Troxel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/15/2007 08:31:52
The one practical annoyment for me out of all this is that we broke
binary compatibility in a reasonably major way. If you use dhclient to
obtain an IP address you now can't boot a kernel built after a certain
date and have that work with an older userland. For example, if someone
boots a NetBSD 5.0 kernel (when that appears) with a NetBSD 4.0 userland
- you lose.
Couldn't we have just versioned the old SIOCGIFCONF that kept the
previous behaviour under COMPAT_40 (or some other option name) and
assigned a new ioctl command number for the fixed SIOCGIFCONF?
Yes, Christos did exactly that. All of the problems we are talking
about are about API changes resulting from compiling on -current.
The only binary compat that I'm aware of is current from may to
september/october when the kernel was buggy, and we decided on tech-net
that it wasn't reasonable to provide binary compat within current for