Why not GNU cmp?

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Wed Sep 24 23:15:08 UTC 2008

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 11:05:19AM -0400, matt donovan wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM, Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com>wrote:
> > Unga <unga888 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > 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.
> and it's not GNU diff it's BSD diff

Are you sure about that?  I thought FreeBSD was using GNU diff as its
standard diff, and that a BSD diff was only available through ports
(thanks in part to the efforts of someone working on BSD-licensed text
tools during this year's Google SOC).

Chad Perrin [ content licensed PDL: http://pdl.apotheon.org ]
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