Subject: Re: What are the minimum files needed?
To: None <>
From: Brian Kendig <>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 03/22/1994 20:48:14
>> I'd like to have a look at the code for a bare-bones implementation of
>> MacBSD.  What are the files that are absolutely required in order to get
>> MacBSD to boot up and get to a prompt?  I know I should have the source
>> code to the kernel (what file is that in?), but what other files are
>> necessary?
>For what purpose?  You don't need kernel source to get to the shell
>prompt...  ;-)

You do if you're curious to get MacBSD running as a Mac application on
top of the Mac operating system.  ;-)  I'm just curious to tinker with a
project like this and see what it involves.

Maybe it'll be a lot slower, maybe it'll be a pointless endeavor, maybe
it'll be impossible, but if it works, it'll be a lot easier to port to
new Macs.  :)  And whether or not it works, it'll teach me more about
what makes Unix tick.  I'm not going to put a lot of time into this, I
just want to find out firsthand why making MacBSD into a Mac application
has been said to be so difficult.

I don't want to download the entire MacBSD distribution because it will
take up far too much downloading time and disk space.  Which files
contain the heart of it all?

_/_/_/  Brian Kendig                              Je ne suis fait comme aucun
/_/_/                 de ceux que j'ai vus; j'ose croire
_/_/                             n'etre fait comme aucun de ceux qui existent.
  /  Be insatiably curious.   Si je ne vaux pas mieux, au moins je suis autre.
 /     Ask "why" a lot.                                           -- Rousseau