HEADSUP: ibcs2 and svr4 compat headed for history

Charles Swiger cswiger at mac.com
Tue Jun 29 10:11:07 PDT 2004

On Jun 29, 2004, at 4:28 AM, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message <40DF2607.5020409 at mac.com>, Chuck Swiger writes:
>> In other words, I care quite a bit about how "working, supported
>> functionality" gets transitioned to "no longer available".  I'm not 
>> happy with
>> the notion of "supported" -> "HEADS UP" -> one week -> gone.
> I don't think anybody would be happy with that, and that is not what
> was proposed in this case.

OK.  While I thought your original "HEADS UP" was clear, perhaps you 
had a less abrupt transition plan in mind.

If you suggested that the ibcs/svr4 compatibility stuff should be 
marked depreciated for 5.3, and give people until 5.4 time find someone 
willing to do maintenance for the code, or give someone time to move 
this functionality to ports, or find some other alternative, that might 
receive more positive feedback.

> The future of ibcs2 and svr4 has been in doubt for a long time (and
> still is pending developer attention), but appearantly most of the
> previous discussion and warnings have not been noticed:
[ ...cvs annotate... ]
> Searching the major mailing lists (bugs, stable, current etc) failed
> to return any hits about this.

End-users may not read /usr/src/UPDATING or the published release notes 
either, but at least those are the places they are _expected_ to look 
at if they want to know what is changing.  I don't think we can 
reasonably expect an end-user to look though the output of "cvs 
annotate"...  :-)


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