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Re: [PATCH] ping on GNU/KFreeBSD patch sent a while ago

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ping on GNU/KFreeBSD patch sent a while ago
Date: 28 Oct 2003 12:44:12 -0800
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Robert Millan <address@hidden> writes:

> > >   http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-coreutils/2003-09/msg00032.html
> Thanks. But I didn't intend to change the "netbsd*-gnu" rule. That one
> corresponds to the system based on NetBSD's kernel and libc (as opposed to
> knetbsd*-gnu which is NetBSD's kernel with Glibc).

OK, but then wy did the above-referenced patch get rid of the
freebsd*-gnu* rule?  That is, why is FreeBSD different from NetBSD in
this area?

config.guess doesn't do anything special for NetBSD.  That is,
config.guess's FreeBSD rule prepends "k" when it appends "-gnu", but
its NetBSD rule doesn't do that.  Why are the two operating systems
treated differently here?  And if config.guess's NetBSD rule doesn't
prepend "k", why does the patch add a rule for knetbsd*-gnu?

> In any case, the following:
> > -       netbsd*-gnu*)       os='GNU/NetBSD';;
> >         netbsd*)            os='NetBSD';;
> Would call it "NetBSD" which is incorrect, so we need to find a better
> solution.

Sorry, I'm lost.  This is all getting pretty complicated.  Can you
explain what's going on here, from first principles?  I'd like an
explanation that I could put into a comment in host-os.m4.

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