Installing Coreutils-5.0

Shelton shelton at onr.com
Tue Jan 13 14:35:48 PST 2004


Thanks to all. :)

Richard A Downing FBCS wrote:
> 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?
> 

-- 
~rick




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