FreeBSD 5.x and Lint

Micheal Patterson micheal at
Thu Sep 30 15:00:24 PDT 2004

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kris Kennaway" <kris at>
To: "Micheal Patterson" <micheal at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 4:25 PM
Subject: Re: FreeBSD 5.x and Lint

On Thu, Sep 30, 2004 at 04:22:27PM -0500, Micheal Patterson wrote:
> Stupid question maybe, but are there any plans on putting the comments
> into Lint? I realize that these may be documented within the online
> handbook, however, for those of us, who at times are required to go to a
> remote site, and the net link has failed, needing to recompile something
> without comments or access to the handbook is a problem.

They're in NOTES instead, from which LINT is autogenerated.



Just out of curiosity, have you compared 5x NOTES to a 4.10 LINT and see
what's missing? I don't see anything on FIREWALL or IPFW or even IPF within
the 5.x NOTES, whereas within a 4.10 LINT, you have all the information for
the various settings. You need to cross reference the 5.x LINT, NOTES and
Handbook now to get the information you had within one single file within
the 4.x branch. Not that I'm really complaining, it's just that from all of
the various other version updates to FBSD, from 2.x to 3.x, from 3.x to 4.x
everything you needed to know about the kernel options was contained within
one single file. With the jump from 4.x to 5.x, it's no longer the same.
There was a time, when you could take LINT, remove what you didn't need and
actually build your kernel and maintain the comments so you knew exactly
what you had within your kernel. That's no longer an option unless one
desires to recombine NOTES and LINT themself.


Micheal Patterson
Senior Communications Systems Engineer

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