source: branches/stable/mindi-busybox/docs/busybox_header.pod @ 1770

Last change on this file since 1770 was 1770, checked in by Bruno Cornec, 13 years ago
  • Better output for mindi-busybox revision
  • Remove dummy file created on NFS - report from Arnaud Tiger <>
  • strace useful for debug
  • fix new versions for pb (2.0.0 for mindi and 1.7.2 for mindi-busybox)
  • fix build process for mindi-busybox + options used in that version (dd for label-partitions-as-necessary)
  • fix typo in label-partitions-as-necessary which doesn't seem to work
  • Update to busybox 1.7.2
  • perl is now required at restore time to support uuid swap partitions (and will be used for many other thigs

in the future for sure)

  • next mindi version will be 2.0.0 due to all the changes made in it (udev may break working distros)
  • small optimization in mindi on keyboard handling (one single find instead of multiple)
  • better interaction for USB device when launching mindi manually
  • attempt to automatically guess block disk size for ramdisk
  • fix typos in bkphw
  • Fix the remaining problem with UUID support for swap partitions
  • Updates mondoarchive man page for USB support
  • Adds preliminary Hardware support to mindi (Proliant SSSTK)
  • Tries to add udev support also for rhel4
  • Fix UUID support which was still broken.
  • Be conservative in test for the start-nfs script
  • Update config file for mindi-busybox for 1.7.2 migration
  • Try to run around a busybox bug (1.2.2 pb on inexistant links)
  • Add build content for mindi-busybox in pb
  • Remove distributions content for mindi-busybox
  • Fix a warning on inexistant raidtab
  • Solve problem on tmpfs in restore init (Problem of inexistant symlink and busybox)
  • Create MONDO_CACHE and use it everywhere + creation at start
  • Really never try to eject a USB device
  • Fix a issue with &> usage (replaced with 1> and 2>)
  • Adds magic file to depllist in order to have file working + ldd which helps for debugging issues
  • tty modes correct to avoid sh error messages
  • Use ext3 normally and not ext2 instead
  • USB device should be corrected after reading (take 1st part)
  • Adds a mount_USB_here function derived from mount_CDROM_here
  • usb detection place before /dev detection in device name at restore time
  • Fix when restoring from USB: media is asked in interactive mode
  • Adds USB support for mondorestore
  • mount_cdrom => mount_media
  • elilo.efi is now searched throughout /boot/efi and not in a fixed place as there is no standard
  • untar-and-softlink => untar (+ interface change)
  • suppress useless softlinks creation/removal in boot process
  • avoids udevd messages on groups
  • Increase # of disks to 99 as in mindi at restore time (should be a conf file parameter)
  • skip existing big file creation
  • seems to work correctly for USB mindi boot
  • Adds group and tty link to udev conf
  • Always load usb-torage (even 2.6) to initiate USB bus discovery
  • Better printing of messages
  • Attempt to fix a bug in supporting OpenSusE 10.3 kernel for initramfs (mindi may now use multiple regex for kernel initrd detection)
  • Links were not correctly done as non relative for modules in mindi
  • exclusion of modules denied now works
  • Also create modules in their ordinary place, so that classical modprobe works + copy modules.dep
  • Fix bugs for DENY_MODS handling
  • Add device /dev/console for udev
  • ide-generic should now really be excluded
  • Fix a bug in major number for tty
  • If udev then adds modprobe/insmod to rootfs
  • tty0 is also cretaed with udev
  • ide-generic put rather in DENY_MODS
  • udevd remove from deplist s handled in mindi directly
  • better default for mindi when using --usb
  • Handles dynamically linked busybox (in case we want to use it soon ;-)
  • Adds fixed devices to create for udev
  • ide-generic should not be part of the initrd when using libata v2
  • support a dynamically linked udev (case on Ubuntu 7.10 and Mandriva 2008.0 so should be quite generic) This will give incitation to move to dyn. linked binaries in the initrd which will help for other tasks (ia6 4)
  • Improvement in udev support (do not use cl options not available in busybox)
  • Udev in mindi
    • auto creation of the right links at boot time with udev-links.conf(from Mandriva 2008.0)
    • rework startup of udev as current makes kernel crash (from Mandriva 2008.0)
    • add support for 64 bits udev
  • Try to render MyInsmod? silent at boot time
  • Adds udev support (mandatory for newest distributions to avoid remapping of devices in a different way as on the original system)
  • We also need vaft format support for USB boot
  • Adds libusual support (Ubuntu 7.10 needs it for USB)
  • Improve Ubuntu/Debian? keyboard detection and support
  • pbinit adapted to new pb (0.8.10). Filtering of docs done in it
  • Suppress some mondo warnings and errors on USB again
  • Tries to fix lack of files in deb mindi package
  • Verify should now work for USB devices
  • More log/mesages improvement for USB support
  • - Supress g_erase_tmpdir_and_scratchdir
  • Improve some log messages for USB support
  • Try to improve install in mindi to avoid issues with isolinux.cfg not installed vene if in the pkg :-(
  • Improve mindi-busybox build
  • In conformity with pb 0.8.9
  • Add support for Ubuntu 7.10 in build process
  • Add USB Key button to Menu UI (CD streamer removed)
  • Attempt to fix error messages on tmp/scratch files at the end by removing those dir at the latest possible.
  • Fix a bug linked to the size of the -E param which could be used (Arnaud Tiger/René? Ribaud).
  • Integrate ~/.pbrc content into mondorescue.pb (required project-builder >= 0.8.7)
  • Put mondorescue in conformity with new pb filtering rules
  • Add USB support at restore time (no test done yet). New start-usb script PB varibale added where useful
  • Unmounting USB device before removal of temporary scratchdir
  • Stil refining USB copy back to mondo (one command was not executed)
  • No need to have the image subdor in the csratchdir when USB.
  • umount the USB partition before attempting to use it
  • Remove useless copy from mindi to mondo at end of USB handling

(risky merge, we are raising the limits of 2 diverging branches. The status of stable is not completely sure as such. Will need lots of tests, but it's not yet done :-()
(merge -r1692:1769 $SVN_M/branches/2.2.5)

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3=head1 NAME
5BusyBox - The Swiss Army Knife of Embedded Linux
7=head1 SYNTAX
9 BusyBox <function> [arguments...]  # or
11 <function> [arguments...]      # if symlinked
15BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single
16small executable. It provides minimalist replacements for most of the utilities
17you usually find in GNU coreutils, util-linux, etc. The utilities in BusyBox
18generally have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins; however, the
19options that are included provide the expected functionality and behave very
20much like their GNU counterparts.
22BusyBox has been written with size-optimization and limited resources in mind.
23It is also extremely modular so you can easily include or exclude commands (or
24features) at compile time. This makes it easy to customize your embedded
25systems. To create a working system, just add /dev, /etc, and a Linux kernel.
26BusyBox provides a fairly complete POSIX environment for any small or embedded
29BusyBox is extremely configurable.  This allows you to include only the
30components you need, thereby reducing binary size. Run 'make config' or 'make
31menuconfig' to select the functionality that you wish to enable.  Then run
32'make' to compile BusyBox using your configuration.
34After the compile has finished, you should use 'make install' to install
35BusyBox. This will install the 'bin/busybox' binary, in the target directory
36specified by CONFIG_PREFIX. CONFIG_PREFIX can be set when configuring BusyBox,
37or you can specify an alternative location at install time (i.e., with a
38command line like 'make CONFIG_PREFIX=/tmp/foo install'). If you enabled
39any applet installation scheme (either as symlinks or hardlinks), these will
40also be installed in the location pointed to by CONFIG_PREFIX.
42=head1 USAGE
44BusyBox is a multi-call binary.  A multi-call binary is an executable program
45that performs the same job as more than one utility program.  That means there
46is just a single BusyBox binary, but that single binary acts like a large
47number of utilities.  This allows BusyBox to be smaller since all the built-in
48utility programs (we call them applets) can share code for many common operations.
50You can also invoke BusyBox by issuing a command as an argument on the
51command line.  For example, entering
53    /bin/busybox ls
55will also cause BusyBox to behave as 'ls'.
57Of course, adding '/bin/busybox' into every command would be painful.  So most
58people will invoke BusyBox using links to the BusyBox binary.
60For example, entering
62    ln -s /bin/busybox ls
63    ./ls
65will cause BusyBox to behave as 'ls' (if the 'ls' command has been compiled
66into BusyBox).  Generally speaking, you should never need to make all these
67links yourself, as the BusyBox build system will do this for you when you run
68the 'make install' command.
70If you invoke BusyBox with no arguments, it will provide you with a list of the
71applets that have been compiled into your BusyBox binary.
75Most BusyBox commands support the B<--help> argument to provide a terse runtime
76description of their behavior.  If the CONFIG_FEATURE_VERBOSE_USAGE option has
77been enabled, more detailed usage information will also be available.
79=head1 COMMANDS
81Currently defined functions include:
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