Subject: Re: Support for ACLs
To: Lord Isildur <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 03/08/2001 11:32:23
On Thu, 8 Mar 2001, Lord Isildur wrote:

: I am familiar with the workings of the permissions system and find it to
: be quite adequate and well-featured enough to do acl-like things without
: more bloat and modification.

Basically, "just because it's not useful" (to *you*) is no justification for
restricting someone else from implementing it.  "The design of Unix" is not
the design of NetBSD.

: i'm watching kernels get bigger and bigger

And that's why we have compile-time kernel options.  If ACLs existed, I have
one machine that would be able to make substantial use of it, but it'd be
compiled out of all the others.  If you don't want it, configure it out, and
be happy.

NetBSD will continue to add features in both the kernel and userland, and
the developers do attempt to keep any kind of major kernel addition like
this guarded behind a config option.

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