Unfortunate dynamic linking for everything

Stijn Hoop stijn at win.tue.nl
Wed Nov 19 23:21:28 PST 2003


On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 09:27:55PM -0800, Tim Kientzle wrote:
> Richard Coleman wrote:
> >It seems /bin/sh is the real sticking point. 
> 
> There is a problem here: Unix systems have historically used
> /bin/sh for two somewhat contradictory purposes:
>   * the system script interpreter
>   * as a user shell
> 
> The user shell must be dynamically linked in order
> to support centralized administration.  I personally
> see no way around that.  Given that many users do
> rely on /bin/sh, it seems that /bin/sh must be
> dynamically linked.
> 
> There are good reasons to want the system script
> interpreter statically linked.
> 
> Maybe it's time to separate these two functions?
> I would be content to have a static /sbin/sh
> that is used as the system script interpreter for
> rc scripts, etc.

And /usr/bin/sh as a user shell?

--Stijn

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