Subject: Re: your recent ARP changes...
To: Fred L. Templin <>
From: Matt Thomas <>
List: tech-net
Date: 04/18/1997 21:32:54
>You don't understand. I'm not in the least concerned about my ability
>to port my way out of my particular situation. What concerns me is the
>implication for other applications and kernel modules which have been
>compile-time compatible across all 4.*BSD derivatives since the beginning
>of time. I don't think it's possible to know which code might be affected
>up front - but I'm willing to bet that more and more of it will begin to
>emerge if backwards-compatibility isn't addressed.  

I do understand (I sent my own flame over a month ago about this very
subject).  But I adapted because the fundamental thing was that 4.*BSD
was broken (and has been).  Just as not all the world is a VAX, not all
network interfaces are Ethernet.  

I would like to have backwards compatibility but sometimes it makes things
even uglier.
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