Subject: Re: why /bin and /sbin static
To: NetBSD User's Discussion List <netbsd-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/18/2001 10:20:35
On Sun, Mar 18, 2001 at 01:15:24PM -0500, Greg A. Woods wrote:

 > Take for example the fear some, even experienced, developers have of
 > upgrading libc's major number.  There have been so many times where a
 > major number upgrade has been necessary due to API changes but some
 > developers are so paranoid about doing such an upgrade that they'd
 > rather introduce stupid and complex invisible interface naming tricks to
 > avoid what they see as a painful hassle.

Uh -- it's mostly an issue to 3rd-party interoperability.  We cannot
easily bump the major number of 3rd-party shared libraries, therefore
we use the symbol renaming trick (which, incidentally, Solaris also

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>