Subject: Re: HEADS UP: fully dynamic linked system now the default
To: Luke Mewburn <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/23/2002 00:37:17
On Mon, 23 Sep 2002, Luke Mewburn wrote:

#     +	Specific rescue tools are provided in /rescue, rather than
# 	overloading /bin and /sbin for that purpose.

MINOR nit:  "overloading" is a bit harsh; it's not ever been considered
overload until now.  It's been considered necessary, practical and
a very fortunate accident, if it was indeed accidental.

#     +	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.

Sun did this very early on with an -i flag; was this ever considered?

#     +	Whilst dynamic linked programs start up slower that statically
# 	linked programs, there is active work in progress to resolve
# 	this issue.

This is good news, actually.  This means that there lies the possibility
of installing other third-party dynamically loading things that we haven't
thought of (or which haven't (yet) been invented).

# If you don't want this behaviour, set MKDYNAMICROOT=no in mk.conf(5).

Thank you!

# Luke.

"Windows/NT - From the people who brought you EDLIN".