Just forwarding since it sounds someone hopes that Linux/MIPS
will some day have a HW independent hinv... - Ariel
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>From olson@anchor Mon May 12 13:50:21 1997
Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 13:50:18 -0700
From: olson@anchor (Dave Olson)
To: olson@anchor (Dave Olson), email@example.com
Subject: Re: missing machfile
Cc: swmgr@swmgr, breyer@swmgr, ariel@cthulhu
| I would assume that hinv is hardware-dependent, because of the
| mapping issues? Or is it table driven off of an analogue of the machtab?
Still all compiled in. Bug/rfe open for years now about making it table
| Unfortunately, nothing better is generally available across
| platforms and releases.
Yes, and that's something that would be nice to fix. Maybe linux will
do it, and we can copy them.
| D> Lots, for any non-trivial app. They don't have to, but often want to.
| ??? Non-trivial as in "big and powerful", or as in "gets close to
| the hardware"? I would argue that emacs and perl both fit the
Both/either. Not all big apps, of course.
| I was looking at the options to uname, specifically "-p". Based
| upon the man page, shouldn't `uname -p` return "mips3" instead of
| "mips" for my IP22? That is one obvious meaning for:
Yes, but then you break even more of the configure scripts. Again,
a no-win situation.
| I was just curious is there was somehow we could make life easier
| for configure scripts to port software for IRIX... On the other
| hand, we generally only get bad comments about /bin/install, and at
| least we *don't* get comments like:
| # AIX cpp loses on an empty file, so make sure it contains at least a
Using cpp is a horrible solution...
| It is hard to add functionality without breaking stuff.
A programmer's lament, if I ever heard one!
Dave Olson, Silicon Graphics Guru and busybody at large
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