Why is the file /bin/false so large?

Chris Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Tue Feb 9 16:34:19 UTC 2010

> It's rare that people bother to tune code to this level or extent now
> as often "it's good enough"... I of course discount the assembler
> coders who delight in this kind of thing! :)

Totally agree !

I should probably have said

"I'm willing to bet those that know best have made it as optimal as 
possible, *within reason*"

as you say, even if /bin/false is carrying around some extra baggage it 
doesn't need... does it *really* matter with modern cpus / disks ...


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