Installing Coreutils-5.0

Richard A Downing FBCS geek109 at
Tue Jan 13 14:03:18 PST 2004

On Wed, 14 Jan 2004 08:48:16 +1100, Greg Schafer wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 13, 2004 at 08:47:32PM +0000, Richard A Downing FBCS wrote:
>> Back in the mists of time last century when UNIX was young, the shell had
>> a built-in '[' that provided the 'test' functionality.
> Umm, it still does. Most shells do.
>> Many people wrote
>> scripts that used it.  So that those scripts still work we provide the
>> symlink to the 'test' application.
>> Now it is YOUR LFS, so you don't HAVE to do it, but then many scripts will
>> need to be edited to work.  Your call!
> No, that's incorrect. Because it's a shell builtin, it will usually always be
> available. No editing needed.
> We make the symlink because the FHS says we need to provide a real binary
> (in our case a symlink) of some sort, even tho' in practice it's pretty much
> useless.

Thanks Greg.  I learnt something there, but didn't the old book used to
explain that?

Richard A Downing FBCS
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