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authorGravatar Erik Andersen <andersen@codepoet.org>2000-05-19 05:35:19 +0000
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More libc portability updates, add in the website (which has not been
archived previously). Wrote 'which' during the meeting today. -Erik
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Please see the LICENSE file for copyright information.
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+BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single
+small executable. It provides minimalist replacements for most of the utilities
+you usually find in fileutils, shellutils, findutils, textutils, grep, gzip,
+tar, etc. BusyBox provides a fairly complete POSIX environment for any small or
+emdedded system. The utilities in BusyBox generally have fewer options then
+their full featured GNU cousins; however, the options that are included provide
+the expected functionality and behave very much like their GNU counterparts.
-BusyBox is a suite of "tiny" Unix utilities in a multi-call binary. It
-provides a pretty complete POSIX environment in a very small package.
-Just add a kernel, "ash" (Keith Almquists tiny Bourne shell clone), and
-an editor such as "elvis-tiny" or "ae", and you have a working system.
-Busybox was begun to support the Debian Rescue/Install disks, but it
-also makes an excellent environment for any small or embedded system.
+BusyBox has been written with size-optimization and limited resources in mind.
+It is also extremely modular so you can easily include or exclude commands (or
+features) at compile time. This makes it easy to customize your embedded
+systems. To create a working system, just add a kernel, a shell (such as ash),
+and an editor (such as elvis-tiny or ae).
-As of version 0.20 there is a version number. : ) Also as of version 0.20, BB
-is now modularized to easily allow you to build only the BB parts you need,
-thereby reducing binary size. To turn off unwanted Busybox components, simply
-edit the file busybox.def.h and comment out the parts you do not need using C++
-style (//) comments.
+Busybox was originally written to support the Debian Rescue/Install disks, but
+it also makes an excellent environment for any small or embedded system.
-After the build is complete a busybox.links file is generated which is
-then used by 'make install' to create symlinks to the busybox binary
-for all compiled in functions. By default, 'make install' will place
-the symlink forest into `pwd`/_install unless you have defined the
-PREFIX environment variable (i.e. make PREFIX="/tmp/foo" install)
+As of version 0.20 there is a version number. : ) Also as of version 0.20,
+BusyBox is now modularized to easily allow you to build only the components you
+need, thereby reducing binary size. To turn off unwanted Busybox components,
+simply edit the file busybox.def.h and comment out the components you do not
+need using C++ style (//) comments.
+
+After the build is complete a busybox.links file is generated which is then
+used by 'make install' to create symlinks to the busybox binary for all
+compiled in functions. By default, 'make install' will place the symlink
+forest into `pwd`/_install unless you have defined the PREFIX environment
+variable (i.e. make PREFIX="/tmp/foo" install)
Please feed suggestions, bug reports, insults, and bribes back to:
Erik Andersen