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Re: Busybox vi

On Wed May 02, 2001 at 04:29:11PM +0200, Thierry Laronde wrote:
> FWIW, I have taken the great work of Erik Andersen and others for BusyBox (not
> to mention Bruce Perens for the beginning) and uClibc, and I must say that 
> I am quite impressed :

Thanks.  :-)

> 1) by the size : BB statically compiled against uClibc with vi is 219 Ko
> (IIRC 480 Ko with glibc);
> 2) I found the `vi' emulation far better and far easier to use than, say, `ae';

It is a pretty complete vi.  It doesn't have all the power of
vim, but it is only 22k and requires no external libraries.
Sterling Huxley (who contributed the busybox vi applet) did
a really nice job.

> Has anybody tried to compile other utilities with uClibc ?

I've been known to compile a bunch of things with it.  Also check
out what Jeff Garzik was able to do
At work, I am currently assigned to get uClibc integrated into
Lineo's SDK (you can think of that as a sortof graphical Debian 
autobuilder with lots of choices for what you build).  This means 
that I basically need to make sure that _everything_ compiles with it.  

The only real downside to uClibc is its limited platform support.
Right now I support x86, arm, m68k, sh, and powerpc.  The shared
library loader is very new, and currently only works on x86 (I'm
working on an ARM port ATM).


Erik B. Andersen   email:  andersee@debian.org, andersen@lineo.com
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