Subject: Re: Policy questions
To: Bruce J.A. Nourish <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/29/2003 10:49:08
"Bruce J.A. Nourish" <> writes:
>  * Have we considered removing UUCP from the base distribution? It
>    seems to be there just for old times' sake (*duck*). We would get
>    rid of a bunch of GNU code, to boot.

It is likely we'll have a more fine-grained install mechanism in the
future for people who don't want this sort of thing, but there are
still users so it is unlikely to vanish.

>  * Have we considered removing r{sh,cmd,cp} from the base distribution?
>    They are of dubious security and utility, and, I think, OpenBSD has
>    already ditched them.

Some people do kerberized rsh/rcp/etc. which is secure, and in any
case there are complaints when we look into removing them.

>  * The man page to regex(3), circa 1994, claims that regex(3) is "an
>    alpha release with known defects." As it has been rigorously tested
>    for almost 10 years, could we remove that comment?

Well, it is certainly no longer an alpha release. :)

Are there still known defects?