Subject: Re: FreeBSD 5/6/7 kernel emulator for NetBSD 2.x
To: None <,>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: tech-kern
Date: 10/26/2005 17:16:49
> Maybe so, but how can we support a "no devfs allowed here" for those
> who depend on the decades-old existinge semantics?

Is that really an issue?  NetBSD hasn't minded breaking decades-old
existing interfaces in other cases.  (I'm thinking in particular of the
switch to the SV tty driver interface and shoving readline into ftp and
gdb.  Especially the creative whatever-it-is that apparently makes it
impossible to turn some aspects of readline off under gdb, PR 29597.)

Okay, maybe gdb isn't decades-old so its interface isn't, but....

And lest you think I'm just complaining, I'm not.  I think the tty
driver switch was mostly a good thing, for all that it irritated me at
the time.  (This is of course orthogonal to whether any particular
devfs semantics would be good.)

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