[Buildroot] [PATCH 10/10] busybox: support only one version

Arnout Vandecappelle arnout at mind.be
Sun Jul 13 20:08:14 UTC 2014

On 10/07/14 17:18, Thomas Petazzoni wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:57:58 +0200, Peter Korsgaard wrote:
>> > I wonder if time also hasn't come to get rid of
> I don't know. We've been discussing multiple times the SHOW_OTHERS
> thing, and I believe each time our conclusion was that it's nice for
> beginners to have Buildroot hide the applications for which Busybox
> already provides a good alternative. I'm sure if we remove
> SHOW_OTHERS, we'll have gazillions of newcomers enabling bash,
> util-linux and millions of other things that aren't needed when you
> have Busybox. So I still believe that SHOW_OTHERS is a good thing to
> have.

 I disagree with this analysis. A newcomer who doesn't know about busybox will
most likely not know about coreutils, util-linux, etc. either. The only thing
that I can imagine that they would enable is bash. And to be honest, that's the
first thing I do when I build a system with more than 4MB of flash to spare...

 So, for me it would be enough to indicate that a package has an equivalent in
busybox. E.g.:

util-linux (also in busybox)
bash (busybox provides ash)


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