Subject: Re: how to handle namespace cleanup
To: J.T. Conklin <jtc@CYGNUS.COM>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@LAGAVULIN.PDL.CS.CMU.EDU>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/08/1994 17:44:15
> Support for real weak symbols has been added to the a.out backends in
> newer versions of GNU ld and gas.  I don't know how difficult it would
> be to merge into NetBSD.  There has also been preliminary talk of
> moving NetBSD to a more modern file executable and object file format,
> but nothing is likely to come of that for some time.
> Given the current state of NetBSD, I guess the only way to implement a
> ANSI clean namespace is to add lots of stub files that define indirect
> symbols.  

I'd _much_ rather see 'real weak symbols' implemented properly.  The
thought of renaming or shadowing a lot of files in libc is, IMNSHO, nasty.