Util-linux-ng nitpicks

Matthew Burgess matthew at linuxfromscratch.org
Tue Oct 7 12:34:05 PDT 2008

On Tue, 07 Oct 2008 09:00:34 -0500, Randy McMurchy <randy at linuxfromscratch.org> wrote:

> 3. Do #1 and suppress the installation of the wall program in the
> Sysvinit instructions.

> 2. Pass a configure switch to the Util-Linux-ng configure command so
> that the write program is built and installed.

I don't think I've ever used it, but then I'm only usually on single-user systems.  Either option is good for me, with a slight preference for the above.

> The CLFS build passes a configure switch so that the "partx" and
> related programs are built and installed.

Again, I've never used them.  Slight preference to have them installed but not particularly fussed either way.

The one question this does raise though is why is upstream not installing these by default?  Is it because these utilities are now out of favour, and if so, should we be looking into installing alternative, upstream-preferred, utilities?  Maybe it's because they're no longer maintained? I'm still subscribed to the util-linux-ng mailing list so can certainly ask these kinds of questions if you think it would be useful?



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