[Solved] Why is the file /bin/false so large?

Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Wed Feb 10 08:51:19 UTC 2010

On Tue, Feb 09, 2010 at 06:11:26PM +0100, Werner Schram wrote:
> Additionally: /bin/false does do argument parsing. It can be called with 
> the --version and the --help argument (note that you need to do 
> '/bin/false --version' in bash, because false is a built in command).
> this is the output of size /bin/false:
>     text    data     bss     dec     hex filename
>    28406     832     384   29622    73b6 /bin/false
> The text segment contains the actual source code

Well, not the _source_ code; the machine code.

Marius Gedminas
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