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Re: [MiNT] STAT bits - Ouch!

On Wed, 2010-12-08 at 10:31 -0500, Mark Duckworth wrote:
> On 12/8/10 5:09 AM, Alan Hourihane wrote:
> > To fix this, I'm thinking of adding an additional command to Ssystem()
> > to tell the kernel to interpret these bits differently. Therefore any
> > new MiNTlib compiled applications would require a new kernel, and if it
> > doesn't get it, the application would fail instantly with an appropriate
> > error message. But existing applications would still work with new or
> > old kernels.
> >
> > What do people think about this ?
> >
> > Alan.
> Since I know nothing about this, I'll ask the most obvious question that 
> I'm sure everyone else who knows nothing about this would ask.  Why 
> wouldn't we just change to match the established standards?

You can't just change the bits as they'll break all existing
applications. We need a backwards compatibility flag, and I'm proposing
that, but then going forward we'll match the "defacto" standard.