Re: Intent To Split: netbase
>>"John" == John Goerzen <email@example.com> writes:
John> Actually, this is incorrect. On platforms predating
John> FHS/FSSTND, /sbin was for statically-linked binaries --
John> versions of vital system tools (fsck, sh, etc) linked
John> statically for repair in an emergency. You may recall I have
John> advocated having a few statically-linked binaries in Debian
John> packages in the past.
Hmm. Well, I was there, before the FHS dasys. Indeed, from a
FAQ dating circa 1987 from good old Ultrix days (well, give or take a
couple of years), DEC called sbin for +system_ binaries -- programs
that could be required by an administrator to recover the system. ``A
number of them are also statically linked to aid in this process'',
it goes on to say. Indeed, there were two versions of ls -- a static,
minimal one in /sbin, and the full featured one in /usr/bin.
John> Anyway, I think the current situation is largely fine, although
John> I am still dismayed by the lack of statically-linked binaries
John> in /sbin.
If I recall corectly, the argument went that we had a rescue
disk, so we did not needto bloat / with bigger binaries. I note this
argument has weaknesses, in that one may not always have a rescue
disk handly, or one may need static binaries for remote work;
however, with sash statically linked, I am more or less satisfied
with the state of things.
"And it's so portable --- at least, it worked on every VAX that I
tried it on." Tim McDaniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) 6 Sep 90,
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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