Subject: HEADS UP: fully dynamic linked system now the default
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Luke Mewburn <email@example.com>
Date: 09/23/2002 01:25:59
As mentioned a few weeks ago, we've switched to a fully dynamically
linked system by default.
The net outcome:
+ /bin and /sbin are dynamically linked, along with the small
number of programs in /usr/* that were still statically
+ The shared libraries that are required by /bin and /sbin
are installed in /lib, with symlinks from /usr/lib for
+ The dynamic linker is installed in /libexec, with a symlinks
from /usr/libexec for compatibility purposes.
+ Less disk space used on `/'. On the i386, the savings are
in the order of 11.5 MB (4.5 MB versus 16 MB). If the space
consumed by /rescue is counted only in the "new" system,
there's still a 9 MB saving.
+ Specific rescue tools are provided in /rescue, rather than
overloading /bin and /sbin for that purpose.
+ The kernel's "-a" bootloader option now also prompts for the
path to init(8), so "/rescue/init" can be used if /sbin/init
won't start due to an unexpected failure.
+ Whilst dynamic linked programs start up slower that statically
linked programs, there is active work in progress to resolve
If you don't want this behaviour, set MKDYNAMICROOT=no in mk.conf(5).