Why boot scripts in /etc

Matthias Benkmann mbenkmann at gmx.de
Fri Dec 8 02:24:36 PST 2000

> Yo,
> On Fri, Dec 08, 2000 at 12:19:44AM +0100, Matthias Benkmann wrote:
> > Why are the LFS boot scripts in /etc when the usual place seems to be 
> > /sbin. After all, they're executables. 
> sbin = System Binaries.
> A script that has executable permissions is not a binary,

That's a weak argument. Several system commands are only scripts, nohup 
being one of the more important ones, and those are also kept in /usr/BIN 
not /usr/SCRIPT. And i'm sure that on every normal Linux distro you'll 
find at least on script in /sbin. 
BTW, I'd like to know how exactly you define "binary". Is a Java class in 
bytecode a "binary"? And what about a bash script with lots of German 
umlauts (i.e. characters >128) in comments? And what if I use a C program 
to start/stop a certain service. There's nothing preventing me from 
writing a C program that does exactly the same as the "rc" script. Would 
you still put that in /etc? 
And how about if I use gzipped init scripts? I'm sure it would be easy to 
extend bash to support that like less and others support gzip compression 
transparently. Aren't gzipped files binaries?

I think that it's the executable character that constitutes a "binary", 
not the representation as non-ASCII text.

Besides, "binary" in the literal sense refers to every file on a hard 


This sentence no verb.

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