Subject: kern/4889: buggy options should be documented
To: None <>
From: Chris Jones <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/25/1998 14:13:51
>Number:         4889
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       buggy options should be documented
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    kern-bug-people (Kernel Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sun Jan 25 13:20:02 1998
>Originator:     Chris Jones
Chris Jones                          
           Mad scientist in training...
"Is this going to be a stand-up programming session, sir, or another bug hunt?"
>Release:        <NetBSD-current source date>1.3
System: NetBSD 1.3 NetBSD 1.3 (CLYDESDALE) #0: Wed Jan 7 17:06:26 MST 1998 i386

As discussed on current-users, there are at least a few kernel options (e.g.,
LFS on i386, "locking against myself" panics from UNION, etc) which are still
buggy, but which are left in the provided kernel config files.  This can lead
to hapless users compiling kernels which include these interesting-sounding
features; such kernels will then crash, leaving the user with a bad impression
of NetBSD.
Buggy kernel features should be documented as such, either in the kernel
config files, or in options(4).