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Default FreeBSD/NetBSD compatibility?

Hello everyone, I'm new here but wanted to ask: Say I build a kernel in NetBSD or FreeBSD for example, and I omit compatibility for NetBSD/FreeBSD 1.X 2.X 3.X etc.,

Do any of the built-in utilities/commands/libraries depend on this compatibility or would I be safe in omitting this compatibility if I don't intend to run older versions of these operating systems with the current ones?
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The compat is not needed. You'll be safe.
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Hello and thanks for the answer. I have heard some admins still run FreeBSD 4.X etc. even though an older release such as this might no longer be supported. I suppose the compatibility is for these people then. Regards
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Dear forum,

I found the appropriate manual page for NetBSD detailing the various compat options

Code:
man 4 options
Quote:
Compatibility Options

options COMPAT_09
Enable binary compatibility with NetBSD 0.9. This enables support for
16-bit user, group...getdomainname(3),
setdomainname(3), and uname(3) syscalls. This option also allows using
numeric file system identifiers rather than strings. Post NetBSD 0.9
versions use string identifiers.
...
etc...
options COMPAT_43
Enables compatibility with 4.3BSD. This adds an old syscall for
lseek(2)...support for some older pre
4.4BSD socket calls.
etc...

http://netbsd.gw.com/cgi-bin/man-cgi...s+4+NetBSD-5.1
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As far as FreeBSD, I have not been able to locate a manual page with similar documentation on the compat options other than just reading the kernel config file itself. If anyone knows please let me know. Regards
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