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

walt wa1ter at myrealbox.com
Mon Nov 17 10:36:15 PST 2003

Terry Lambert wrote:
> "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?
> Since sbin on System V predated shared libraries on System V,
> I think maybe this is a reverse assignment of a meaning to the
> 's'.

I was taught by an older fart than Terry that the 's' stands for
(S)ingle-user, which is reflected even today in the 'boot -s' switch.

Since the single-user is usually the Sysadmin, the association with
'system' is inevitable.  The association with 'static' is also
inevitable when I think of Sysadmins-I-Have-Known  ;0)

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