Subject: re: Removing compat/aout
To: matthew green <email@example.com>
From: Todd Vierling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/08/2002 20:38:49
On Sat, 9 Mar 2002, matthew green wrote:
: "Because it doesn't do anything useful for you" doesn't mean "throw it out"
: -- some other people may find utility in it. I've needed COMPAT_AOUT a
: total of 6 times already for migration purposes.
: perhaps if uucp and rcs were broken and unmaintained this argument
: would be valid.
They're certainly unmaintained, or at least RCS is. Besides, we don't use
RCS in any of our source tree; CVS is there. RCS should be ejected with
extreme prejudice (to catch a phrase)....
: the fact is that COMPAT_AOUT f*cks you over and it should be ejected with
: extreme prejudice.
In its current form, it has problems with some things, but only if it's
enabled. It doesn't "f*ck you over", or at least, it doesn't mess you up if
you know that it's part of the NetBSD emulation system (see below).
: anyone running a system with a.out binaries that they *USE* really
: doesn't want to have COMPAT_AOUT. why? say your shell is aout..
: you type "cd /usr" in it. where do you end up? "/emul/aout/usr".
The same thing happens with Linux, SVR4, and all others. I've given
solutions to this problem in the past (>2 years ago, when I didn't have the
knowledge on how to fix it properly). I may revisit that.
However, this is not an artifact of only COMPAT_AOUT, so don't try to paint
it as such.
Note that if we do centralize the pathname translation, every one of these
bits becomes moot; if someone wants a.out (or even native ELF, as was noted
elsewhere on the thread!) to have translation, it becomes a one-line source
-- Todd Vierling <email@example.com> * Wasabi & NetBSD: Run with it.
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