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Re: Emergency Editors (was Stabble Tag move)

To: Bill Hacker <wbh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Andrzej Bialecki <abNOSPAM@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 22:43:07 +0100

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Bill Hacker wrote:
> Andrzej Bialecki wrote:
>> Chris Pressey wrote:
>> Some time ago, as a part of my work on PicoBSD, I ported Mined to 
>> FreeBSD. Except for crazy keybindings (which can be changed), it was 
>> quite small and featureful - and now it's also BSD licensed.
> OK - I have been 'mining' the ports tree and doing installs and tests
> for several hours.

That version is not in the 'ports' - I used this word in its usual meaning.

> I skipped 'Mined' because of this:
> Requires: expat-1.95.8, gettext-0.14.1, gmake-3.80_2, libiconv-1.9.2_1

Yuck... This is _definitely_ not the same code base that I used. I 
started with sources as found in the original Minix distribution and 
hacked my way forward ;-)

I can't check the details ATM, and it will take me some time to locate 
that stuff in my backups - I'll let you know then what are the 

> Before I even try it - what are the chances it can run in '/bin' in a 
> single-user
> mode, with only the root slice mounted (no /usr and no libs or other
> *NIX utilities that are not on the root slice?).

The whole point of this exercise was to make it run in a PicoBSD 
environment - i.e. no libraries, only one statically linked "crunched" 
binary, all of it very size-conscious as everything including the kernel 
had to fit onto a single floppy.

> - can it even load w/o the ELF interpreter in /usr/libexec?

Sure thing. It's static.

Best regards,
Andrzej Bialecki
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