At 6:26 PM +0100 11/17/03, Julian Stacey wrote:Seconded ! Better commit an improved switch with default = Off.
The time for voting was months ago.
Actually, the discussion started almost a year ago now. That's when the new PAM/NSS libraries were first being announced, which was a big driving factor for all-dynamic linking. I recall quite a bit of that discussion happening right here on [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Many of us here have been hamstrung by systems that didn't provide a static fallback. I've personally been bitten by unrecoverable Linux and Solaris systems due to hosed shared libraries. That's why I volunteered to build /rescue in the first place, so that I'd never be faced with an unrecoverable FreeBSD machine.
I'm pretty comfortable with the failsafes that we have in place: * /sbin/init is static * If /bin/sh fails, /rescue/sh can be run * /rescue provides a complete set of statically-linked sysadmin utilities that should be sufficient for recovering a damaged system.
There are a few things I'd like to see: * It would be nice if the kernel noticed that /sbin/init failed too quickly and prompted the user for an alternate init. That would open the door to a dynamic or just more ambitious /sbin/init, since you could always fall back to /rescue/init for recovery. * /rescue/vi is currently unusable if /usr is missing because the termcap database is in /usr. One possibility would be to build a couple of default termcap entries into ncurses or into vi.
If there are still rough edges on some of this well, that is what -CURRENT is all about, after all. ;-)
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