Subject: Re: closefrom()
To: Martin Husemann <>
From: mouss <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 05/29/2004 02:12:27
Martin Husemann wrote:

> On Fri, May 28, 2004 at 07:38:00PM +0200, mouss wrote:
>>After all, compat with openbsd is more important 
>>than with solaris.
> Why do you think so?

- there are already more "compat" between the *bsd's than with other 
OSes. so making the bsd's converge helps keep the world entropy to some 

- some people work for multiple *BSDs, so bsd-compat makes their life 

- it is easier to "steel" code between bsd's. it's good if this ability 
is kept.

- for developpers it's easier to minimize diffs between BDSs (so that an 
ifdef BSD is enough) rather than to ask'em to be aware of all the 
details. Of course, there are already diffs out there, but it's wise not 
to add new ones.

- given that the *bsds are open source, and given that many developpers 
work for multiple flavours, it is easier to reach compatibility than 
with commercially-driven OSes (it's easy for netbsd guys to say "from 
now on, the interface has changed". commercial vendors can't do so 
easily since they might loose customers or disgust partners).