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

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: [PATCH] ping on GNU/KFreeBSD patch sent a while ago
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 22:21:42 +0100
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On Thu, Oct 30, 2003 at 11:31:07AM -0800, Paul Eggert wrote:
> > If you want to change it, take this up with the FreeBSD developers.
> The FreeBSD developers aren't in charge of the strings that
> config.guess uses to name kernels.  These strings are designed for the
> GNU project's convenience.  Why should the FreeBSD developers care, or
> have any say over, whether config.guess calls the FreeBSD kernel
> "kfreebsd" or "freebsd" or "FreeBSD" or "freebsd_kernel" or whatever?

Doing that will break FreeBSD support in many programs that check for the
FreeBSD triplet, and will cause major flamage from the FreeBSD community.
However, that's not my problem so I won't argue over this.

> I believe that you've come up with a system that solves your
> particular problem.  But we need a solution that everybody understands
> well.  Maintainers need to understand what's going on, and the current
> naming convention is confusing.

The solution is already found, and it's not confusing at all. If you don't
understand it, please refer to:

  http://www.nongnu.org/glibc-bsd/     (1st FAQ question)
  http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html#bsd     (last paragraph)

If after reading these you still have questions, mail me privately and I will
gladly respond to them.

Robert Millan

"[..] but the delight and pride of Aule is in the deed of making, and in the
thing made, and neither in possession nor in his own mastery; wherefore he
gives and hoards not, and is free from care, passing ever on to some new work."

 -- J.R.R.T, Ainulindale (Silmarillion)

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