[openbeos] Re: The world as we know it

  • From: "Nathan Whitehorn" <nathan.whitehorn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 21:57:50 EDT (-0400)

> This is in fact only partially true. You can't just extend an 
> existing 
> module, like adding another method to class XYZ. You will have to 
> rewrite the whole library containing the class instead. And that's 
> exactly what happens: The teams are rewriting the kits.

You can actually. It just involves some fiddling with the linker to 
duplicate exported symbols. I've done it before, in fact.

> But your statement is also not completely true in another respect: 
> The 
> mammoth part of the API lives in one library, in libbe.so. So if you 
> want to modify a tiny function in the app, interface, support or 
> storage kit (do I miss one?), you will need to reimplement the whole 
> beast. And not only the library, but also app server and registrar.
> 
> So actually we are exactly doing what also had to be done when 
> following the approach you propose. And by staying focussed on the 
> reimplemention, rather than also extending/improving things, we will 
> much faster reach our goal of a self-contained OS. An OS that can 
> legally be distributed, as opposed to a modified R5 PE.

You could, of course, distribute a patch to PE.
-Nathan


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