Subject: Re: why do packages depend on coreutils?
To: Roland Illig <>
From: David Laight <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 10/17/2006 07:59:33
On Tue, Oct 17, 2006 at 08:17:15AM +0200, Roland Illig wrote:
> Georg Schwarz wrote:
> >I realized that since very recently pkgsrc seems to have a general  
> >dependency on coreutils. What did introduce that?
> It was me, because I prefer printf(1) over echo(1) and have used it in 
> some places of the infrastructure.

Beware that 'echo' is almost always a shell builtin, whereas 'printf'
will not be on older shells - so you can get a fork+exec cost per printf
(which is significant).


David Laight: