On 00:52 Tue 29 Aug , Denis Troshin wrote: > Hi! > > I have FreeBSD 5.0-RELEASE. > > Why most of bin (sbin) utilities are so big. > > For example, > > rm - 410 268 bytes, > mv - 407 568 bytes, > date - 423 748 bytes. > > Do they really contain only necessary code or > have more than a half of trash?
As others explained these commands and others are statically linked so that they do not depend on libraries that live in /usr. Since these are very basic commands, it's a bad idea to have them depend on a library that might not be available if only the / filesystem is mounted. Since / usually just contains /root, /bin, /sbin and a couple of others, statically linked programs in /bin and /sbin are always available, even in single user mode. Booting into single user only mounts /bin, which is why some people on the list have advised sticking with /bin/sh when asked about changing root's login shell. Hope this helps. -- Matthew Graybosch http://www.starbreaker.net "The best way to lose an argument is to throw the first punch." _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"