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Re: Removing bash (Was: /etc/init.d/network is too simple?)

On Fri, Apr 16, 1999 at 09:05:07PM +0200, Marek Habersack wrote:
> All the binaries that might be necessary in such a situation should always
> be linked statically

Almost useless. You would end up with a lot of statically linked binaries
which in 99.99999% of all cases DON'T NEED to be statically linked.
In the remainig near 0%, you use the boot disk.

The reason is simple. If your system is so broken that ld can't operate to
link the binaries, you are FUBAR anyway and need the rescue disk. There are
very few cases in which statically linked binaries would turn out to be
useful, but the cost is too high.

Someone following the stable distribution should NEVER encounter such a
situation. Someone who doesn't will take preparations to his liking (using
toor+sash, or whatever).

Implementing your suggestion of statically linked binaries would impose the
preference of a minority (of people and cases) over the preferences of the
rest, something we better avoid.

I understand your fears, they are shared by other people. But the experience
shows that the Debian way to do it is indeed very reliable. 


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