HEADS UP: /bin and /sbin are now dynamically linked

Richard Coleman richardcoleman at mindspring.com
Sun Nov 16 08:22:31 PST 2003

Robert M.Zigweid wrote:
> I'll admit to being mostly a lurker here, but isn't the point of /sbin 
> to be statically linked.  That's what the 's' stands for?
> Second question.  This seems to imply that /sbin and /bin both have to 
> have the same behavior?  I have no problem with /bin being dynamically 
> linked, but what if I want /bin to be dynamic and /sbin static?
> Regards,
> Robert M. Zigweid

I'm not sure what that would accomplish.  If a system was broken such 
that the dynamically linked binaries in /bin didn't work, the utilities 
in /sbin wouldn't be enough to fix the system.  For instance, you 
wouldn't have a shell or "ls".

Statically linked binaries to fix a hosed system are now in /rescue. 
Check "man hier".

Richard Coleman
richardcoleman at mindspring.com

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