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SubjectRe: GNU/Linux stance by Richard Stallman
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In article <7dls0b$uq2$1@alfie.demon.co.uk>,
Nick Holloway <Nick.Holloway@alfie.demon.co.uk> wrote:
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>ObKernel: the kernel does not fall back to using /bin/sh to execute files

Indeed.

A zero-length /bin/true does not work reliably, and never has. That's
why it's not zero-length any more (not on any modern system I know of,
anyway). You need to have the magic "#!/bin/sh" part to make it be
reliably recognized as a shell script.

However, making it do anything but a simple "exit 0" is horrible.
Anybody who really thinks /bin/true should report a version number and a
help string (or even a copyright notice) needs to get his head examined.

Yes, the FSF coding style says it should do it. But you should never
let rules overrule common sense - if you do, you end up doing stupid
things (this is _especially_ true of the FSF codingstyle - see the
kernel Documentation/CodingStyle about some other issues).

Linus

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