[Techtalk] trying to find a question that _is_ "too dumb"
gawain.lynch at bigpond.com
Wed Aug 13 09:47:57 EST 2003
On Wed, 2003-08-13 at 08:58, iriXx wrote:
> Hamster wrote:
> > Hi!
> >>What does the "s" in "sbin" stand for??
> > Hi, I don't *know* the answer, but I'm guessing it's for superuser. The
> > programmes in sbin can only be run by root.
> > Hamster
> > (who is looking forward to hearing from someone who knows the answer for
> > sure :)
> i think you might be right.... i thought it was 'special bin'... but
> thats coming from someone who thought that /bin was called that because
> it was where you chucked the programs into.....!!!
The 's' in sbin means static, as in the programs in there are statically
linked and don't need external libraries to run. This is typically
useful for system repair so you would only need / mounted in single user
mode to repair filesystems and the like.
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