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On Wed, 30 Nov 1994, Raleigh Moody (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> For those of you who set up Majordomo 1.92 on a Solaris 2.x Sparcstation,
> did you enable the POSIX or non-POSIX flags? I put in a call to the VAR
> we bought the system from, and they couldn't answer definitively. They
> said it was "not fully POSIX-compliant"...thanks a lot guys, that really
> helps. I'm by no means a Unix guy, so I have no idea what is POSIX and
> what isn't. There certainly wasn't a sticker on the outside of the box
> saying "Solaris is POSIX-compliant". ;-) Therefore, I'm clueless.
> Also, can anybody tell me just what the hell POSIX is?
POSIX is a set of international standards for API's to the operating
system. When you say POSIX, you're usually referring to POSIX.1 - the
standard that says how open(2), read(2), getuid(2), fork(2), etc. should
work. POSIX.1 also assumes ANSI C and the ANSI standard library. There's
also POSIX.2 which spcifies how a command shell works, as well as how
utilities like grep(1) and sed(1) work. POSIX.4 specifies an API for
real-time operating systems.
When your VAR said that it was "not fully POSIX compliant" it means that
some things are POSIX compliant and some are not. Whether you configure
Majordomo as POSIX or non-POSIX depends on which things are compliant and
which things are not. You'll have to try both. Start with POSIX and see
if it works. If it doesn't, try the non-POSIX option.
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