Subject: Re: #ifdef CRAY in libexec/telnetd
To: None <tech-userlevel@NetBSD.org>
From: John Hawkinson <jhawk@MIT.EDU>
Date: 07/16/2003 13:04:45
Brian Ginsbach <email@example.com> wrote on Wed, 16 Jul 2003
at 11:44:47 -0500 in <20030716164446.GB10882@bukharin.us.cray.com>:
> > are we targetting to make applications in usr.bin to be portable across
> > multiple platforms? (this is what you meant) if so, every usr.bin/foo
> > has to have GNU configure script. therefore, i guess this is not the
> > "portability" netbsd is targetting.
> Why not? Good code (which I believe has always been one of the
> underlying principles of NetBSD development) should be portable.
> I disagree with every usr.bin/foo having a GNU configure script.
> (Gross! Why on earth GNU configure? It certainly is not the be-all
> end-all of portability.) Portable code makes for good code. What
> you maybe able to get away with under one OS/compiler combination
> may bite you on another. It can help point out sloppy code.
I'd like to support Brian here. While I don't think we should make
every program that is part of NetBSD work on other platforms, I think
gratutiously breaking support for other platforms where it exists is
Desupporting dead OSes like Ultrix is fine; desupporting live OSes like
Unicos and Solaris is not.
I certainly have knowledge of many cases where portions of NetBSD have
been compiled on other operating systems to address limitations of the
userlands of those OSes, and it is a useful ability to retain.
I also object to the way in which the change was run through in the face
of objection in relatively short order, without allowing much time for