Subject: Questions about features of NetBSD
To: None <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
From: Gordon W. Ross <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/11/1995 09:19:57
> Date: Mon, 10 Apr 1995 13:02:18 -0400
> From: der Mouse <>

> What's a fat binary?

The "fat binary" idea is that you combine multiple executable formats
into one program file.  You get huge program files, but don't have to
know what kind of machine you have at install time or run time.

I don't think the "fat binary" idea is really useful for UNIX-ish
systems, because most of those already have reasonably good ways to
separate architecture dependent files for each machine type.