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

David O'Brien dev-null at nuxi.com
Sun Nov 16 20:52:37 PST 2003

On Sun, Nov 16, 2003 at 11:37:47PM -0500, Bill Vermillion wrote:
> > > > 1) Much smaller /bin and /sbin. On i386, /bin and /sbin are 33 MB 
> > > > static.
> > > >    Dynamically linked, they are only 4 MB.
> I don't think saving that little space on the / partition is as
> important as having everthing in sbin being able to stand alone no
> matter what is corrupted.

You seem to be late comming to this discussion.  #2 in the original email
was also a huge reason for this change.

> On a non-FreeBSD system I had to recover, I had to physically take
> the server from the colo to a place where I could pull the drive
> to be able to run the recovery utitlities - as none of the dynamic
> binariies worked.


> > What was done to programs like /bin/sh, /sbin/init and /sbin/fsck to
> > make them work without access to /usr/lib?
> And even if they are accessible >IF< the libraries become corrupted
> then nothing will work.  That's certainly not a 'fail-safe'
> environment.

Again you are late coming to this discussion -- "/resuce".
> For those who don't build the OS but install from binaries, this
> makes the system potentially less rugged.


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