On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 12:22:11AM -0800, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > > 3) You can build bash statically; make WITH_STATIC_BASH=true. I do > > not know the true reason why the port is not built statically by > > default, but I can give you a damn good reason why it shouldn't be: > > complete and total wasted memory. > > > > Take into consideration environments where there are hundreds (or at > > my place of work, thousands) of users logged into a machine at once. > > Many of those are going to have /usr/local/bin/bash as their shell. > > A statically-linked version of bash would waste significant amounts > > of memory, while a dynamically-linked/shared version would ease that > > pain. The same applies for any static vs. dynamic program. > > How so? Wouldn't a single in-memory instance of the bash text > segment be shared among all bash processes, across all users?
http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2007-August/thread.html#36647 > A better reason is that security updates to shared libs often > update only the .so files, expecting the binaries that use them > to automatically pick up the new versions. Any static executable > should be rebuilt any time there is a security update to a shared > lib that it would be using were it linked dynamically. Yup, that's another reason. > That said, perhaps it would be reasonable for shell ports to > build both a dynamically-linked instance to be installed in > /usr/local/bin, and a statically-linked instance to be installed > in, say, /usr/local/static. Those who want to use bash as the > root shell could copy it from there to /bin or /sbin. This part of the thread should be moved to freebsd-ports, or obrien@ pulled in here. -- | Jeremy Chadwick jdc at parodius.com | | Parodius Networking http://www.parodius.com/ | | UNIX Systems Administrator Mountain View, CA, USA | | Making life hard for others since 1977. PGP: 4BD6C0CB | _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"