Subject: Re: Proposed improvements to toolchain2netbsd and config.guess
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-toolchain
Date: 02/14/2002 12:53:28
On Thu, 14 Feb 2002, Frederick Bruckman wrote:

: All very convincing. So now, what's the "unknown" good for? Omitting it
: (in explicitly passed --host=) is obviously not causing any problems, as
: no one seems to be using the vendor field, but why give authors a chance
: to get it wrong? [Observe: the patch I posted at the beginning of this
: thread drops "unknown", but leaves the version number intact.]

config.guess is expected to return a fully qualified triple, which means
that the vendor part cannot be empty.  That's why it returns "unknown" for
platforms (including NetBSD) for which the vendor field is not known or

The fact that software packages are (appropriately) accepting of
--host=arch--os triples with the vendor part empty is not related to this.

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