Toybox: Writing a new Linux Command Line from Scratch - Rob Landley, Multicelluar
In 2003 I decided to replace twenty-two GNU packages in Linux From Scratch (everything except the compiler, kernel, and libc) with BusyBox, and then rebuild the result under itself. This didn't remotely work, so I started testing and improving BusyBox until it did, putting in so much work on BusyBox its maintainer handed the project over to me.
In 2006 I handed BusyBox off to a new maintainer and started over from scratch on a fresh implementation, Toybox. In 2011 Tim Bird (founder of CELF) convinced me to repurpose Toybox as a new BSD-Licensed Posix-2008 compliant command line for Android.
This panel explains what's in the "standard" Linux command line: drawing commands from POSIX, LSB, Android Toolbox, Linux From Scratch, and more. How to determine what should be in the base system, and how to know what to exclude, and why the "standards" aren't enough.
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I tend to start things that grow out of my control, from the "Patch Penguin" proposal to Penguicon and the BusyBox lawsuits. |
These days I do Aboriginal Linux, am working to provide a new standard Android command line with Toybox, mess around with Linux documentation, someday hope to have time to glue QEMU's Tiny Code Generator to Tinycc's compiler front end... The usual.
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