Why is the file /bin/false so large?

Chris Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Tue Feb 9 14:38:43 GMT 2010


> This will launch one "sh".
> Is it really smaller in footprint?
> I dont know.

I was going to make the same point.

On my system here /bin/sh is a sym link to /bin/bash, which is 776K ....

OK, this system is SLC5 and not ubuntu, but I sure its not that different...

I'm also not sure what the concern is over the size of /bin/false, but 
I'm willing to bet those that know best have made it as optimal as 
possible, and fiddling will only cause problems...

Chris




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