Subject: Re: why /bin and /sbin static
To: Martin Husemann <>
From: None <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/18/2001 12:58:48
> Subject: Re: why /bin and /sbin static
> > why /sbin and /bin in netbsd is all static by default?
> Because it might save your life someday (been there, helped me).
> This is the difference between being able to recover and having to
> install the base system again after some types of failure.
> > i've already recompiled bin and sbin dynamic (without later steps as my
> > /usr is on / partition) on my 8MB notebook and it's much faster and
> > about few MB less diskspace!!! 
> It is *faster*? How did you measure? What is the memory impact? Did you measure
> that as well?

no numbers now (i will do)

but i need 1/4 time when typing ls, df, ps, cp, mv etc. before executing
as this commands are 10-20 times smaller and shared code is already in
memory with shell for example.

system multiuser bootup is few seconds faster. 

> Disk space saving is obvious. The other points are more subtle and I would
> not bet on any overall figure without good measurements.

because more code are shared there is less code in memory=better work on
less memory.

please count just size of very-often-used programs - sh, mv, ls,
init, least 500kB saving in MEMORY