Riley Williams (
Fri, 4 Dec 1998 12:26:25 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Philip.

>> Why not root? We already include some checks to prevent root from
>> doing stupid things - for example, the kernel refuses to compile
>> if the compiler used is too early a version - and I can see
>> nothing wrong with putting in checks for other insane choices for
>> precicely the same reason - to reduce the bug reports caused by
>> setting such insane choices in the first place.

> How many bug reports have you seen because someone turned off both
> ELF and a.out?

On systems I act as consultant for, I've come across that situation on
FOUR occasions in the last year. The first two times, I spent much
fruitless time searching for the cause before noticing it, since then
I've made it a standard check...

Not many, maybe, but enough in my book...

Best wishes from Riley.

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