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SubjectRe: RFC: A POSIX Linux project?
On Nov 04, 2002  18:14 -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> I wonder if any vendors, or independent groups, would be interested in
> maintaining a POSIX compliancy patchkit for the Linux kernel?
>
> IMO such a "POSIX Linux" project would be useful for several reasons.
> Overall, I think there is pressure from several directions to get all
> sorts of POSIX APIs into the kernel. On occasion, kernel hackers are
> confronted with a situation where complete POSIX compliancy may mean a
> compromise in some area, be it performance, security, API issues, code
> cleanliness issues, etc. Or simply that the POSIX-related code just
> isn't ready to be merged into the mainline kernel yet.
>
> The vendors also benefit by this, because the barrier to entry in
> POSIX-related cases would be lowered, which would in turn satisfy the
> demands of customers. Which would in turn give the mainline kernel all
> the software engineering benefits that come from a more reasoned and
> gradual review and merge of new features.
>
> Does something like this already exist? This would need to be an open,
> vendor-neutral project...

What about the existing POSIX test suite from X/Open? I don't know what
the current license is, but it is certainly freely downloadable from
their website. However, it is a pain in the a** to set up and run, so
a new version would definitely be welcome.

I would give you a URL, but I don't have access to my mail archives now.

Cheers, Andreas
--
Andreas Dilger \ "If a man ate a pound of pasta and a pound of antipasto,
\ would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?"
http://www-mddsp.enel.ucalgary.ca/People/adilger/ -- Dogbert
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