Subject: Re: buildlink3, sed and Solaris
To: Alistair Crooks <>
From: Gavan Fantom <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/07/2004 11:35:53
On Wed, 7 Jan 2004, Alistair Crooks wrote:

> I'd prefer to be able to count on known-good, functioning utilities in
> NetBSD so that we don't have to spacial-case a lot of things.  As
> nbsed is now in bootstrap-pkgsrc, it's not really a big deal,

It is, as it's only a recent addition to bootstrap-pkgrsc, meaning that
anybody wanting to survive buildlink3ification needs to re-bootstrap.

> and it also encourages vendors to ship decent tools with their own
> operating systems.

While this might hold water when talking about /usr/bin/sed, we are using
the xpg4 version of sed. The number of commands sed can be expected to
handle is documented in the standards, and the xpg4 version of sed is
compliant to those. While we can't do much about authors of third party
software requiring non-standard extensions to the tools, we surely can
minimise our own use of these.

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