Subject: Re: HEADS UP: migration to fully dynamic linked "base" system
To: Johnny Billquist <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/26/2002 11:38:58
On Mon, 26 Aug 2002, Johnny Billquist wrote:

# > Unfortunately the disks weren't big enough to get all the system
# > stuff into /, so chunks of it migrated.
# > This isn't really necessary any more.

I don't buy that old chestnut.  Having root small enables one to do
necessary adjustments to the system in the odd case that /usr goes *poof*
[which has happened].

# That was not the only, or even main reason. Even an RP06 holds 176 megs,

"Luxury!  We had RM80s!" :)	/* 80MB after formatting */

# obviously the disk was large enough for everything, so the fact that you
# had a small root partition was not because of disk size.
# It was (just as the argument goes now) that you want a small, pretty
# stable, safe and functional root file system, in case things go wrong.

"What he just said."

# > Shell performance would be improved by putting a little effort
# > into making more commands builtin.
# I'm looking forward to you doing this. It would be *most* welcome already
# by those who run NetBSD on MicroVAX II systems, believe me.
# Especially at boot time. You could probably save them somewhere around 10
# minutes.

Wow.  That's significant, but...

"Could we option that in?"

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