Why not GNU cmp?

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Wed Sep 24 14:31:12 UTC 2008

Unga <unga888 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi all
> I have noted FreeBSD uses GNU diff, GNU diff3 and GNU sdiff. Why FreeBSD uses its own version of cmp? why not use GNU cmp? Is the GNU cmp not compatible with FreeBSD?

The GNU version of cmp is not licensed under the BSD license.

Given enough time/manpower, all the GNU tools in FreeBSD will eventually
be replaced with BSD-licensed versions.

Bill Moran

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