Invoking ldconfig without arguments wipes all hints and makes me very sad

Edward Capriolo edlinuxguru at
Thu Apr 10 20:50:39 UTC 2008

I just wrote to the list about the SAME thing. I totally agree. This
is like the
saying 'rm' command without arguments will delete every file on your
computer. I did the same thing. I wish it was a virtual system I did
it to as well :)

On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 3:30 PM, Shelby Cain <scain at> wrote:
> Greetings list.  I'm a new user to FreeBSD and I just managed to
>  introduce myself to ldconfig's default behavior.  I'm currently locked
>  out of my remote server since bash isn't statically compiled and will
>  have to get physical access to correct my blunder.  :(
>  As a new user to FreeBSD, ldconfig's default behavior makes about as
>  much sense to me as rm adding "-fr ~" or kill adding "-9 1" in the
>  absence of arguments.  I hate to sound ignorant but I have to ask, is
>  there any particular reason FreeBSD's ldconfig defaults to this
>  seemingly unintuitive and non-newbie-safe behavior?
>  Would a patch that changes the behavior of ldconfig to assume -r in the
>  absence of command line arguments and adds a new parameter like
>  -e[rase]|-d[estroy]|-w[ipe]|-z[ap]|-l[olnewbie] to enable the original
>  behavior be likely to gain any acceptance?
>  Regards,
>  Shelby Cain

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list