Why is the file /bin/false so large?

Bill Marcum marcumbill at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 9 18:01:44 UTC 2010

On 2010-02-09, Smoot Carl-Mitchell <smoot at tic.com> wrote:
> 30K is large???  These days that is tiny.
> You could do the above shell substitutions, but the command will run
> slower, since it has to load and execute the shell to only execute an
> exit statement.
You could also define true and false as shell functions, if they aren't 
already builtin. (I just checked, they are in bash and dash, don't have 
other shells installed ATM.) /bin/true and /bin/false are probably only 
needed for rare occasions, or maybe just for POSIX compliance.

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