Re: Legacy Static Linking (was: Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-02:28.resolv)

From: Klaus Steden (
Date: 06/27/02

Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 01:25:10 -0400
From: Klaus Steden <>
To: Roger Marquis <>

> This makes a good case for doing away with static linking of system
> binaries.
> Why does FreeBSD have statically linked binaries?
I dunno, I find static binaries pretty damn useful as bootstrap and recovery
tools on broken systems that don't necessarily run FreeBSD but whose disks I
have to preserve.

Static binaries still have a purpose, inasmuch as dynamic binaries have a
purpose. I would be disappointed to discover static linking done away with ...
however, a system-wide compile time option might not be a bad idea.


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