Subject: Re: SCO-ware support in pkgsrc (Was: Re: enabling $AWK, $SED, etc. with buildlink3?)
To: Jaromir Dolecek <>
From: Sean Davis <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/18/2004 07:54:37
On Sat, Sep 18, 2004 at 11:23:52AM +0200, Jaromir Dolecek wrote:
> Klaus Heinz wrote:
> > This would help pkgsrc on Unixware as well. mkdir(1) on this OS is
> > (IMHO) braindead as 'mkdir -p a/b/c/d' works every time but returns an
> > exit code of 2 if either a, b, c or d did exist beforehand. In the case
> > of bootstrap I provide a shell script bootstrap/files/mkdir-sh to work
> > around this.
> > 
> > I don't know whether the behaviour of mkdir(1) has been fixed in
> > versions later than Unixware 7.1.1.
> I'd rather not support any kind of SCO-ware. They are damaging
> UNIX community and don't deserve any user loyalty - people
> should migrate to different OS offering ASAP (being it NetBSD
> or Solaris or Linux, doesn't matter that much). Besides "political"
> reasons, the company will be consumed by legal fees and paying
> damages once the trials will be all resolved. It's better to migrate
> soon at your convenience, rather than being forced to migrate by
> dissolved support later anyway.

I would support this attitude, if it weren't for the fact that if we were to
take this stance, we'd have to immediately take all Interix support out of
pkgsrc also, since Microsoft is intent on damaging the non-windows user
community as well. Then, we'll have to get rid of pkgsrc on Linux support,
as that just lets people on Linux benefit from work done for NetBSD. I think
you see what I'm getting at... if we're going to take a "we don't want
pkgsrc to work on OS's made by companies we don't like" stance, then we need
to do it all or nothing. Nothing seems to be the sensible option.

> It would be good to improve the COMPAT_IBCS2 binary emulation in NetBSD
> to help with the migration. It might be interesting to know
> what kind of applications do people still run on UnixWare ...
> Jaromir
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