Subject: Re: utmp file format change
To: James Graham <email@example.com>
From: James Chacon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/05/2001 12:43:08
>backward compatibility to pre-1.0. We must be the only OS on the face
>of the planet to have an eleven-year backward-compatibility timespan!
>This is insane. I mean, yeah, it's a cool thing to be able to declare
>that, but man, we're getting a little hefty around the midsection lately.
1. You don't have to compile in all the compat support (I rarely do on my
2. It's actually not that much space
3. It's a huge win for running ancient binaries for some people who can't
get source, new builds, etc.
>On Fri, 5 Oct 2001, Todd Vierling wrote:
># Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 10:26:16 -0400 (EDT)
># From: Todd Vierling <email@example.com>
># To: Simon J. Gerraty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
># Cc: email@example.com
># Subject: Re: utmp file format change
># On Sat, 22 Sep 2001, Simon J. Gerraty wrote:
># : >A device node doing the translation is my best suggestion at this point, as
># : >it doesn't have the problems of Solaris's "update daemon": it catches
># : >old-utmp accesses where they happen, and needs no "cleanup" procedure.
># : Do you have an estimate on how much work this is?
># Eh, you're basically looking at a small bit of device code that holds a
># vnode to the new-utmp file, and has two small buffers exactly equal to the
># size of an old-utmp entry and new-utmp entry. It's just a matter of
># translating records one at a time.
># Granted, a real userlevel fs abstraction would be more desirable....
># -- Todd Vierling <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Wasabi NetBSD: Run with it.
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