Subject: re: CVS commit: src/share/man/man4
To: None <>
From: matthew green <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/28/2004 03:20:05
   [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'm busy enough trying to get my own 2.0 list done to fix new
documentation.  i didn't make the change and the current wording
is misleading.  i did give you enough info to fix it up tho...
right now, it reads as if COMPAT_AOUT is required for using
a.out, when infact for nearly every user, it's really just
confusing and potentially harmful.