Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jan 2012 20:39 UTC
General Unix Finally something really interesting to talk about. If you've used UNIX or any of its derivatives, you've probably wondered why there's /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin in the file system. You may even have a rationalisation for the existence of each and every one of these directories. The thing is, though - all these rationalisations were thought up after these directories were created. As it turns out, the real reasoning is pretty damn straightforward.
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RE: Comment by Brynet
by laffer1 on Tue 31st Jan 2012 04:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by Brynet"
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Not everything in /bin and /sbin is statically linked on all the BSDs. For instance FreeBSD and MidnightBSD have quite a few binaries with shared libraries in /bin. /rescue is supposed to be the safety net for this sort of thing.

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