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

David O'Brien dev-null at nuxi.com
Mon Nov 24 09:32:24 PST 2003

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On Mon, Nov 24, 2003 at 11:00:24AM -0500, Rahul Siddharthan wrote:
> > NO.  /rescue was allowed in the system to handle the case of a trashed
> > file in /lib[exec].  To allow a sysadmin to recover a system from the
> > same type of mishaps they could before we went to a dynamic /.
> Ie, let's do things the same way we did in 1994?  Other things have
> changed since then, hard drives and typical root partitions are much
> bigger, and Tim estimated the total bloat from this as 64k.  Maybe
> earlier, pre-/rescue, you couldn't recover from damaged files in the
> root partition without a CD/floppy/NFS, it doesn't mean you should not
> have that capability in /rescue.  

Lets have /rescue/{[s]bin,usr/[s]bin}.  Install static copies of every
thing in /[s]bin and /usr/[s]bin today.  That will let you recover in
even more ways.

Where does it end if we don't go full-out and install a 2nd copy of every

> For a *lot* of people today (like home users), an up-to-date FreeBSD
> CD or floppy or a second machine to create the disk on may not be
> handy (and forget about NFS), but a network connection may still be
> available.

That network connection would most likely be a M$-Win box in that case,
which doesn't have an FTP server.  Samba, not an FTP client should be in
/rescue then.

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