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busybox replacement idea
This is related to the "individual software releases for third parties"
As a brief description, BusyBox provides several stripped-down Unix and
Linux tools in a single executable. I have used a few BusyBox systems
and common (coreutils or other standard "Linux") command line options
may not work and the behaviour is often different or unuseful. It has
reduced functionality. But I don't think the goal is to be complete or
user friendly but to save space. They do have a goal to be standards
compliant though. The tarball includes configuration and build rules and
then source from various projects. Depending on the configuration, there
may be up to 310 commands all contained in one binary.
NetBSD already has a similar feature: /rescue/foo. This crunchgen
solution has around 150 commands.
$ /rescue/ls -l /rescue/init
-r-xr-xr-x 152 root wheel 5113176 Feb 8 2009 /rescue/init
$ size /rescue/ls
text data bss dec hex filename
4949565 159872 2697592 7807029 772035 /rescue/ls
$ file /rescue/ls
/rescue/ls: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV),
statically linked, for NetBSD 5.0, stripped
(Ignore the name; all the commands are linked as a single binary.)
We should be able to just copy the existing simple and short src/rescue/
infrastructure to create the more complete replacement. Then we should
allow building this for a non-NetBSD target system. Any suggestions or
examples on how to build rescue for a non-NetBSD target system?
We may not be as small, but three benefits may be 1) user friendly
commands; 2) nice license for proprietary use (There have been
license violations reported for busybox); and 3) nice promotion of
Any thoughts on this?
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