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

Bruce M Simpson bms at spc.org
Mon Nov 17 21:34:06 PST 2003

On Sun, Nov 16, 2003 at 11:37:47PM -0500, Bill Vermillion wrote:
> For those who don't build the OS but install from binaries, this
> makes the system potentially less rugged.
> One of the things I disliked about the Linux systems I've been on
> is libraries that change and break things - for things which >I<
> felt should have been static in the first place

We've always been more frugal with library bumps and ABI changes than
the other projects so I don't see any immediate danger of that happening.
I certainly shared your concerns until I learned about /rescue; speaking
as a long time abuser of Solaris and Linux who has experienced the
problems you mention. But I don't feel the same possibility exists for
catastrophic failure without recovery here.

For just about everything, dynamic linking is a win. There are some
scenarios where it isn't. I for one understand your concerns; if static
linking is appropriate for your environment, then by all means, rebuild
the components you need with static linking.


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