Subject: Re: /rescue, crunchgen'ed?
To: David Laight <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/03/2002 08:51:34
On Tue, 3 Sep 2002, David Laight wrote:

# yes - having played around with those sort of files...
# Actually I would put a little effort into making mv, ln, mkdir and
# rm shell builtins - for at least one shell, and then make it
# root's default shell.
# Maybe also cp, chown, chmod..
# (I'd include cat, but the netbsd one seems to have grown options
# that belong in pr :-)

What's that you say?  A solution looking for a problem?  How quaint.

This is hitting the height of absurdity.  We are now trying to "Fix"
things which would not need to otherwise be fixed because we are creating
a problem which doesn't need to be created in the first place, but it's
a done deal which carries with it benefits useful to a few people at best[*].

Of the choices available for a binary distribution, /rescue is better than
bloating sh with builtins.  I'm glad for the option to rebuild.

[*] I've seen the arguments given and I'm only marginally convinced that
this is really a good thing; we're already a niche.  I don't see that we
will make a significant enough dent in the commercial arena to be worth-
while, which makes this all even that much more futile.