Talk:BusyBox

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"or example just

   /bin/ls

after /bin/ls is linked to /bin/busybox." I think there should be an additional 'ls' in the end - like '/bin/busybox ls'

I thought the way BusyBox worked was that 'ls' and friends were symlinked to /bin/busybox and then when the binary was run, it figured out under what name it was called and then manifested appropriate behavior? --Gwern (contribs) 19:13 7 June 2007 (GMT)
It works both ways. "ln -s /bin/busybox /bin/ls; /bin/ls > test1; /bin/busybox ls > test2; cmp test1 test2 || echo wtf;"

author vs developer[edit]

The sidebar makes a distinction between developers and authors. I don't understand the distinction.

Perhaps "Author" means "Designer". This is suggested by the links involved. If so, that word should be used.

Perhaps "Author" is meant to convey "Project Founder" (but from what I understand that isn't accurate).

Perhaps "Author" just means "original developer". That terminology makes sense.

I'm not going to "be bold" and change it because I don't know what is intended to be conveyed. Could someone who does please explain? DHR 04:36, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Looking through the talk pages for the templates, I think author is being used in the sense of 'original developer' - so all authors would be developers, but not all developers are the author(s). --Gwern (contribs) 16:12 21 September 2007 (GMT)

Author's the guy that owns the copyright. 67.49.101.105 (talk) 23:07, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

Which copyright? Nothing is mentioned about copyright assignment, which means that each developer owns a copyright on their contributions in particular and busybox in general. --Gwern (contribs) 19:10 15 February 2010 (GMT)

right to bring suit[edit]

"It should be noted that no other prior developers including original author Bruce Perens and long time maintainer Dave Cinege were represented in these actions raising questions as to Anderson and Landley's copyright claims and standing to bring suit.[citation needed]"

Of course any copyright holder can bring a suit. The quoted text is silly. On the other hand, any copyright holder not involved in a settlement ought to be able to bring more suits.DHR (talk) 04:29, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

The reference to "^ Bruce Perens, "Statement on Busybox lawsuits", perens.com(December 15, 2009)." appears to be dead, the blog's been removed from the wayback machine too. Nasukaren (talk) 11:32, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

ease of reading[edit]

This article is very hard to understand for those not familiar with programming. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.35.47.1 (talk) 23:39, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

The article does not state what BusyBox actually IS. Is it a Linux distribution, or just a suite of programs that run on Linux? Philu (talk) 23:20, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Memory requirements[edit]

The article asserts that BusyBox gives a saving of both disk space and memory when compared with the utilities it replaces. I can see how the disk space saving is achieved but the memory saving needs to be explained as I would expect the BusyBox executable to have a considerably larger memory footprint than any one of the individual utilities. 83.104.249.240 (talk) 16:00, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

News[edit]

Mr. Langley is not a developer anymore, he states this on his personal page at [1]. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.114.14.56 (talk) 19:33, 19 February 2013 (UTC)