LFS 5.0, coreutils install : "/bin/[" ?

Cynthia Higginbotham cyhiggin at republicofnewhome.org
Fri Feb 20 05:24:24 PST 2004


On Friday 20 February 2004 06:58 am, you wrote:
> In chapter 6 of the LFS 5.0 manual, at the end of the section
> dealing with the installation of coreutils, it is requested to make a
> link by typing "ln -s test /bin/[". I know about the common syntax of "ln"
> and have read the LFS FAQ concerning it, but still, writing "/bin/["
> puzzles me, even more as the bash shell doesn't complain at all. Thus my
> question: what is actually this command doing, since the "test" executable
> was already copied previously to the /bin directory ?

It's aliasing "test" to "[", which is used in shell scripts all the time.

       eg. if [ -x somefile ] ...

                     --Cynthia




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