Necessary code or trash?

Marc Wiz marc at
Thu Aug 28 14:37:02 PDT 2003

On Thu, Aug 28, 2003 at 05:33:45PM -0400, Matthew Graybosch wrote:
> As others explained these commands and others are statically linked so that
> they do not depend on libraries that live in /usr. Since these are very
> basic commands, it's a bad idea to have them depend on a library that might
> not be available if only the / filesystem is mounted. 
> Since / usually just contains /root, /bin, /sbin and a couple of others, 
> statically linked programs in /bin and /sbin are always available, even 
> in single user mode. Booting into single user only mounts /bin, which is why
> some people on the list have advised sticking with /bin/sh when asked about
> changing root's login shell.

Sticking with /bin/sh is a good idea.  

What I have done is build a static version of bash and put it /bin

I changed root's shell to /bin/bash and run just fine.

Has anyone noticed what a pain it is to build bash statically and install
it in /bin?

Marc Wiz
marc at
Yes, that really is my last name.

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