[arch-dev-public] [signoff] coreutils 8.4-3

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Wed Apr 14 13:40:56 EDT 2010

Am 14.04.2010 18:42, schrieb Dieter Plaetinck:
>> On Tuesday 13 April 2010 14:04:44 Allan McRae wrote:
>>> This changes /usr/bin/[ from a symlink to /usr/bin/test to the
>>> actual binary provided upstream.   The use of the symlink has been
>>> in Arch for ages (probably for ever), but I can not see what this
>>> change will break.   Having the symlink does break some stuff
>>> (FS#19063).   Note that Fedora moved from the symlink to the binary
>>> for "[" in 2004.
> so what exactly does the binary do? is it an exact copy
> of /usr/bin/test, is it a small program that does exec(), or .. ?
> I downloaded the 8.4 tarball but couldn't quickly find the answer.

I don't think it matters. Neither [ nor test from coreutils are actually
ever used - the bash (or whatever shell you use) builtins [ and test are
used instead.

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