[TUHS] dmr note on BSD's sins

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Fri May 5 09:14:36 AEST 2017


On Thu, May 04, 2017 at 03:59:22PM +0100, Tim Bradshaw wrote:
> On 3 May 2017, at 14:41, Nemo <cym224 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > Along these lines, who said "Cat went to Berkely, came back waving flags."
> 
> And anyone who lived through the SunOS 4 -- SunOS 5 transition will know that some of those Berkeley flags (not specifically for cat, but almost certainly including those for cat) were really quite useful.  I remember spending really a long time finding and building BSD/GNU versions of utilities which actually had the options you needed on early SunOS 5 machines: later on Sun themselves put some of them back.

As someone who was at Sun, loved SunOS 4 and hated Solaris, yup.  Even the
diehard Solaris people like Bryan Cantrill say that they stick /opt/gnu/bin
in their path first.

It boggles my mind that Sun was so strict on being compat with SVR4 and
they knew that everyone hated that.
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