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BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilites into a single small executable. It provides minimalist replacements for most of the utlities you usually find in GNU coreutils.

The utilites in BusyBox generally have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins.

This package is widely used for rescue and embedded systems. It also provides more compact alternatives to other common utilities such as bzip2, dhcp, diffutils, e2fsprogs, file, findutils, gawk, grep, inetutils, less, modutils, net-tools, procps, sed, shadow, sysklogd, sysvinit, tar, util-linux, and vim.


User manpage available in HTML format from https://busybox.net/downloads/BusyBox.html

"IRC irc://irc.freenode.net/busybox " IRC general channel

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Genium10 January 2017

Leaders and contributors

Erik Andersen Maintainer
Kent Robotti Contributor
Larry Doolittle Contributor
Matt Kraai Contributor
Denys Vlasenko Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Guix Homepage https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/packages/b.html
Developer E-mail mailto:busybox-cvs@busybox.net
Debian Homepage https://packages.debian.org/jessie/busybox
Support E-mail mailto:busybox@busybox.net
Gentoo Homepage https://packages.gentoo.org/packages/sys-apps/busybox
Developer & User Bug Tracking https://bugs.busybox.net/
FreeBSD Homepage https://www.freshports.org/sysutils/busybox/
Developer VCS Repository Webview https://git.busybox.net/busybox/
NetBSD Homepage http://pkgsrc.se/wip/busybox
Developer Download https://busybox.net/downloads/

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 10 January 2017.


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