Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/share/man/man4
To: matthew green <>
From: D'Arcy J.M. Cain <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/27/2004 12:06:55
[Note - Cc changed to tech-pkg instead of source-changes]

On March 27, 2004 10:07 am, matthew green wrote:
>    Log Message:
>    Document COMPAT_AOUT option.
>    This closes PR misc/13819
> could this be fleshed out to include that COMPAT_AOUT is _NOT_ required
> to run a.out binaries and that doing so may have extremely undesirable
> effects.  it is a deprecated interface that actually is harmful to system
> binaries.  ie, "cd /usr" in an a.out shell ends up in "/emul/aout/usr".
> prior netbsd a.out platforms have better methods of acheiving this...
> COMPAT_AOUT would have been removed except for a couple of vocal
> objections...  it may even be those objections are no longer strenuous
> enough infact :-)

No argument here.  I was simply trying to close an ancient PR that no one 
seemed to care about.  I did sneak in the bit about it being ancient.  If you 
think that it should be fleshed out further why not just go ahead?

I also don't care if COMPAT_AOUT gets dropped altogether but I suspect that 
verbiage changes will be the path of least resistance.

D'Arcy J.M. Cain <>