what's the difference

Farkas Levente lfarkas at lfarkas.org
Thu Nov 27 20:45:59 UTC 2008

Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 08:37:31PM +0100, Farkas Levente wrote:
>> hi,
>> what's the difference between file eg
>> /usr/i686-pc-mingw32/bin/ar
>> /usr/bin/i686-pc-mingw32-ar
>> they have different size?
>> actually all file in /usr/i686-pc-mingw32/bin/ has a pair in /usr/bin/
>> with different size (and not link to each other). is this intentional or
>> just some kind of accident?
> I suspect they start out the same, but prelink stupidity kicks in.
> $ rpm -qlvp mingw32-binutils-2.18.50_20080109_2-8.fc9.x86_64.rpm | grep ar\$
> -rwxr-xr-x    2 root    root                   622560 Sep 24 16:52 /usr/bin/i686-pc-mingw32-ar
> -rwxr-xr-x    2 root    root                   622560 Sep 24 16:52 /usr/i686-pc-mingw32/bin/ar
> Unfortunately although I keep going on about how prelink is the most
> completely broken concept ever, it persists in all versions of Fedora.

wouldn't it be better to make one of them to symlink to the other?
actually all files in /usr/bin can be a symlink to
just to make things cleaner (should i send a patch)?

  Levente                               "Si vis pacem para bellum!"

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