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Old 07-28-2009, 01:22 AM   #1
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Can busybox work independently?

Hi All !
Today I installed busybox in a new partition of my computer. When I opened the directories like /bin, /lib etc, I found that they contained several executables linked to somewhere.
My questions are : if I remove my host system, can I independently boot from the partition containing busybox ?
Is there any way to know where these executables of busybox partition are linked to?
Old 07-28-2009, 04:29 AM   #2
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BusyBox is a single binary, which is a conglomerate of many applications, each of which can be accessed by calling the single BusyBox binary with various names (supported by having a symbolic link or hard link for each different name[5]) in a specific manner with appropriate arguments.

Source = Wikipedia.

This seems to indicate that those should be links to busybox itself.

To find out what a link points to, try this command:

ls -l link

Busybox should be able to run solo, since I've used a few embedded linuxes where that was the primary shell.

Hope that helps...
Old 07-28-2009, 04:39 AM   #3
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Busybox just give you shell like environment to work. busybox contain utilities that help in working on system without loading full linux enviroment. Although according to my thought linux kernel and other stuff from boot partition are required.
Old 07-28-2009, 05:55 AM   #4
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Hi !
Thanks for the information.
I have a linux kernel which I plan to put in the boot directory of the busybox partition. What else "other stuff from boot partition" are required?
Old 07-29-2009, 12:53 AM   #5
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I think other than kernel you just require busybox environment. Here busybox will work as initrd(initial ram disk) which gives you shell enviroment.


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