Subject: Re: workaround for FreeBSD binary that hardcodes a device major (was: Re: CVS commit: src/sys/conf)
To: Steven M. Bellovin <>
From: Emmanuel Dreyfus <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/25/2006 06:57:17
Steven M. Bellovin <> wrote:

> Has anyone approached the vendor about working with them to supply a
> NetBSD binary?  FreeBSD is hardly mainstream (though it has more presence
> in data centers than NetBSD does); they might be willing, if some
> developer were will to do the necessary legwork and builds, and was
> willing to sign their NDA.

I asked them. The reply was that there was not enough interest for

If I had more time to spend on that issue, I think I'll spend it
reverse-engineering their tool to provide an open source replacement for
the most basic functions (enumerating drives, creating and deleting
units). Having a NetBSD build of tw_cli would be nice, but it would only
help on i386, and possibly amd64, using compat_netbsd32.

Emmanuel Dreyfus