Subject: Re: toolchain/16310: gzip needs to be a host tool
To: None <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 04/11/2002 19:45:05
On Thu, 11 Apr 2002 wrote:

: 	gzip(1) is used through out the distribution building process.
: 	It really ought to be a host tool.

There's about two dozen other things that "should be a host tool" too,
including but not limited to our /bin/sh.  8-)

Basically, if it builds on a NetBSD host, it's considered "working".  We can
reasonably just document that some other tools are needed in some cases.
Most modern *ix's supply gzip in one form or another; even Solaris 7 and 8
have it.

(Note that this does not mean we shouldn't make gzip a host tool; just that
we should refrain from host-tool-izing the world without a demonstrated Need
for it.  :)

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