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Modular kernel anomaly

On port-amd64, when 'options COMPAT_50' is included directly in a kernel, I get the following output

        # sysctl 1.21
        sysctl: kern.oboottime: this type is unknown to this program

Yet, when the running kernel does not include COMPAT_50, I get the following output, whether or not I have manually loaded the compat module:

        # sysctl 1.21
        sysctl: second level name '21' in '1.21' is invalid

I've got an externally-provided program, available only as a binary, that uses this sysctl, so it would be nice to determine if it is supposed to work when compat is loaded as a module rather than being part of the booted kernel.

Thanks in advance!

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