cvs commit: src/sbin/devd Makefile

M. Warner Losh imp at
Tue Aug 19 08:24:17 PDT 2003

In message: <1061285875.8010.63.camel at localhost>
            Paul Richards <paul at> writes:
: On Sun, 2003-08-17 at 09:40, Gordon Tetlow wrote:
: > gordon      2003/08/17 01:40:49 PDT
: > 
: >   FreeBSD src repository
: > 
: >   Modified files:
: >     sbin/devd            Makefile 
: >   Log:
: >   At imp's request, force devd to be statically compiled. This avoids the
: >   need for libstdc++ in /lib, and the generated binary is actually smaller
: >   statically linked than dynamically + sizeof(libstdc++). Additionally,
: >   devd doesn't use get*by*() which is one of the main motivations for
: >   dynamically linking your root partition anyway.
: How many binaries actually use get*by*?
: Wouldn't it be a little more sensible to just make those dynamic and
: leave the rest static?
: Would we even need /rescue then? We could just have static versions of
: the dynamic binaries as well.

That's a different approach.  There are many motivating factors for
having a dynamic root: saving space, get*by* working, any pluggable
'thing' that wants a shared library can get at it, easier upgrades for
security flaws, etc.  Given that all of these factors came into play,
it seems more reasonable to have a dynamic root.

There were two issues with making devd static: 1) it is a lot smaller
than haging libstd++ (which isn't the case for all the other
libraries) and 2) there were issues with crunchgen and c++ programs.
Making it static just cleans things up a bit.

What is or isn't in /rescue can be talked to death.


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