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Re: libc strategy

On Tue, Jul 03, 2001 at 07:34:53AM +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> I haven't any great experience with the
> Linux emulation in the BSDs - is it sufficiently good that things like
> Linux ifconfig and fdisk will work? If not, I don't see any real advantage
> in using it to get base transferred across though it would save us having
> to recompile everything else to start with. 

There is no need for Linux ifconfig or fdisk; BSD has its own
equivalents that work with their kernel.  These are specifically 
the sort of tools which there's no point in trying to port, because
they're too closely tied to the Linux kernel.  (The package is
called util-linux for a reason!)  Instead, just make a .deb of the 
BSD equivalents, and call it util-netbsd.

The valuable ports, initially, will be the package-building tools.
(Fortunately, those ports don't depend on any kernel peculiarities.)

The differing file hierarchy cause some weirdness at first, but nothing
"rm -f" can't fix.  :-)

Nathan Myers
ncm at cantrip dot org

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