Installing Coreutils-5.0

Duarte Cordeiro Duarte.Cordeiro at
Tue Jan 13 11:16:58 PST 2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: lfs-support-bounces at 
> [mailto:lfs-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of Shelton
> Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 4:54 PM
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> Subject: Installing Coreutils-5.0
> my lfs system is up and running and all seems well.
> But I just remembered something that I meant to ask about.
> When installing Coreutils, one of the last steps is to 
> create the following (IMO) odd symlink...
> 	ln -s test /bin/[
> Could someone please explain why this is necessary?
> thanks

man test:
       test EXPRESSION
       [ EXPRESSION ]
       test OPTION

As in:
 if [ -f file]

That is equal to:
 if test -f file

It's a "shotcut" very used in shell scripting.

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