Subject: Re: workaround for FreeBSD binary that hardcodes a device major (was: Re: CVS commit: src/sys/conf)
To: Steven M. Bellovin <>
From: john heasley <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/25/2006 12:03:10
Sun, Sep 24, 2006 at 07:37:36PM -0400, Steven M. Bellovin:
> 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 have.  I had to go through the marketing department and wound-up speaking
with one of their sales engineers.  Seemed be progressing until they were
consumed by AMCC, and we had to start over again.  Progressed again to the
scheduling of a conference call, then my contact went silent.  [I assume he
left or I just wasn't enough of a pest]

My twedm tool works for the 7500/8k series.  I've not tried with the 9k, but
I doubt it will work. where there are
versions for alpha, amd64, and i386.

And, the hitch for FreeBSD tw_cli was found, so I've not tried starting over
yet again with the vendor.