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<td class="c1">BUSYBOX</td>
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<b>The Swiss Army Knife of Embedded Linux</b>
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BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities
into a single small executable. It provides minimalist
replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU
fileutils, shellutils, etc. The utilities in BusyBox generally
have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins;
however, the options that are included provide the expected
functionality and behave very much like their GNU counterparts.
BusyBox provides a fairly complete POSIX environment for any
small or embedded system.
<p>BusyBox has been written with size-optimization and
limited resources in mind. It is also extremely modular
so you can easily include or exclude commands (or
features) at compile time. This makes it easy to
customize your embedded systems. To create a working
system, just add /dev, /etc, and a kernel.</p>
<p>BusyBox is maintained by <a href=
Andersen</a>, and licensed under the <a href=
<p>Because everybody loves screenshots, a screenshot of
BusyBox is now available <a href=
"screenshot.html">right here</a>.</p>
<h3>Mailing List Information</h3>
BusyBox has a <a href="/lists/busybox/">mailing list</a>.<br>
To subscribe, go and visit <a href="/mailman/listinfo/busybox">this page</a>.
Before asking questions on the mailing list
you should probably first search the mailing list archives...
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<li><b>30 July 2003 -- BusyBox 1.0.0-pre2 released</b><p>
Here goes another pre release for the new BusyBox stable
series. The last prerelease (pre1) was given quite a lot of
testing (thanks everyone!) which has helped turn up a number of
bugs, and these problems have now been fixed.
Highlights of -pre2 include updating the 'ash' shell to sync up
with the Debian 'dash' shell, a new 'hdparm' applet was added,
init again supports pivot_root, The 'reboot' 'halt' and
'poweroff' applets can now be used without using busybox init.
an ifconfig buffer overflow was fixed, losetup now allows
read-write loop devices, uClinux daemon support was added, the
'watchdog', 'fdisk', and 'kill' applets were rewritten, there were
tons of doc updates, and there were many other bugs fixed.
If you have submitted a patch and it is not included in this
release and Erik has not emailed you explaining why your patch
was rejected, it is safe to say that he has lost your patch.
That happens sometimes. Please re-submit your patch to the
BusyBox mailing list.
The point of the "-preX" versions is to get a larger group of
people and vendors testing, so any problems that turn up can be
fixed prior to the final 1.0.0 release. The main feature that
is still still on the TODO list before the final BusyBox 1.0.0
release is adding module support for the new 2.6.x kernels. If
necessary, a -pre3 BusyBox release will happen on August 6th.
Hopefully (i.e. unless some horrible catastrophic problem
turns up) the final BusyBox 1.0.0 release will be ready by
As usual you can <a href="downloads">download busybox here</a>.
You don't really need to bother with the
<a href="downloads/Changelog">changelog</a>, as the changes
vs the stable version are way too extensive to easily enumerate.
But you can take a look if you really want too.
<p>Have Fun!
<li><b>Old News</b><br>
For the old news, visit <a href="oldnews.html">the
old news page</a>.</li>
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Please visit our sponsors and thank them for their
support! They have provided money for equipment and
bandwidth. Next time you need help with a project,
consider these fine companies!
<li><a href="">Penguru Consulting</a><br>
Custom development for embedded Linux systems and multimedia platforms
<li><a href=""></a><br>
Embedded open source consulting in Europe.
<li><a href="">Codepoet Consulting</a><br>
Custom Linux, embedded Linux, BusyBox, and uClibc
Several individuals have also contributed. If you have
already contributed and would like your name added
here, just let me know. If you would like to be a
BusyBox sponsor, email <a href=
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Source for the latest release can always be
downloaded from <a href="downloads"></a>.
BusyBox now has <b>two</b> CVS trees. The "busybox-stable" tree
contains the older 0.60.x stable series. The "busybox" tree contains
the latest 1.0.0-preX development version of busybox.<br>
<li><a href= "downloads/snapshots/">Daily Snapshots of the the latest
stable, and the latest development CVS source trees can be found right here</a>.
</li><li><a href="/cgi-bin/cvsweb/busybox/">Click here to browse the CVS
tree for the 1.0.0-preX development version of BusyBox</a>
</li><li><a href="/cgi-bin/cvsweb/busybox.stable/">Click here to browse
the CVS tree for the stable 0.60.x version of BusyBox</a>.
</li><li>Anonymous <a href="cvs_anon.html">CVS
access</a> is available.
</li><li>For those that are actively contributing there is
even <a href="cvs_write.html">CVS write access</a>.</li>
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Current documentation for BusyBox includes:
<li><a href=
"downloads/BusyBox.html">BusyBox.html</a>. This is a
list of the all the available commands in BusyBox
with complete usage information and examples of how
to use each app. I have spent a <em>lot</em> of time
updating these docs and trying to make them fairly
comprehensive. If you find any errors (factual,
grammatical, whatever) please let me know.</li>
<li><a href="downloads/README">README</a>. This is
the README file included in the busybox source
<li>If you need more help, the BusyBox <a href=
"lists/busybox/">mailing list</a> is a good place to
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<li><a href="">Free
Software from Bruce Perens</a><br>
The original idea for BusyBox, and all versions up
to 0.26 were written by <a href=
"">Bruce Perens</a>. This is
his BusyBox website.</li>
<li><a href=
AppIndex record for BusyBox</a></li>
<li><a href=
"">TinyLogin</a> is a
nice embedded tool for handling authentication,
changing passwords, and similar tasks which nicely
complements BusyBox.</li>
<li><a href="">udhcp</a> is
a tiny dhcp client and/or server which is ideal for
embedded systems.</li>
<li><a href="">uClibc</a> is a
C library for embedded systems. You can actually
statically link a "Hello World" application under x86
that only takes 4k (as opposed to 200k under GNU
libc). It can do dynamic linking too and works nicely
with BusyBox to create very small embedded Linux systems.
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<p>I know of the following products and/or projects
that use BusyBox -- listed in the order I happen to add
them to the web page:</p>
<li><a href="/cgi-bin/cvsweb/buildroot/">buildroot</a> a configurable
means for building your own busybox/uClibc based system systems.
</li><li><a href=
Debian installer (boot floppies) project</a>
</li><li><a href="">Red Hat 7.2
</li><li><a href=
Slackware Installer</a>
</li><li><a href="">Gentoo Linux install/boot CDs</a>
</li><li><a href="">The Mandrake installer</a>
</li><li><a href="">Linux
Router Project</a>
</li><li><a href="">LEM</a>
</li><li><a href=
</li><li><a href="">Stormix
</li><li><a href=
"">EMAC Linux
2.0 SBC</a>
</li><li><a href="">Trinux</a>
</li><li><a href="">ODDAS
</li><li><a href="">Build Your
Linux Disk</a>
</li><li><a href=
</li><li><a href=
</li><li><a href="">AdTran -
VPN/firewall VPN Linux Distribution</a>
</li><li><a href="">mkCDrec - make
CD-ROM recovery</a>
</li><li><a href=
"">Linux on
</li><li><a href=
</li><li><a href="">Midori
Linux</a> - <a href=
Article on Midori Linux</a> on <a href=
"">Wired</a>. Quote from Erik at
the top of <a href=
this page</a>
</li><li><a href="">Linux Terminal
Server Project</a>
</li><li><a href=
</li><li><a href=
</li><li><a href=
</li><li><a href=
</li><li><a href="">Coyote Linux</a>
</li><li><a href="">Partition
</li><li><a href="">fli4l the on(e)-disk-router</a>
</li><li><a href="">Tinfoil
Hat Linux</a>
</li><li><a href="">Familiar Linux</a> - a linux distribution for handheld computers
</li><li><a href="">Timo's Rescue CD Set</a>
</li><li><a href="">Netstation</a>
</li><li><a href="">GNU/Fiwix Operating System</a>
</li><li><a href="">Generations Linux</a>
</li><li><a href="">SystemImager / System Installation Suite</a>
</li><li><a href="">GENDIST distribution generator</a>
</li><li><a href="">DIET-PC embedded Linux thin client distribution</a>
</li><li><a href="">BYZantine Gnu/Linux</a>
</li><li><a href="">Darik's Boot and Nuke</a>
</li><li><a href="">TimeSys real-time Linux</a>
</li><li><a href="">MoviX</a> -- boots from CD and automatically plays every video file on the CD
</li><li><a href="">katamaran</a>Linux, X11, xfce windowmanager, based on BusyBox
</li><li><a href="">Prometheus SimplyGNUstep</a>
</li><li><a href="">lowlife</a>A documentation project on how to make your own uClibc-based systems and floppy.
</li><li><a href="">Metadistros</a>a project to allow you easily make Live-CD distributions.
</li><li><a href="">Salvare</a>More Linux than tomsrtbt but less than Knoppix, aims to provide a useful workstation as well as a rescue disk.
</li><li><a href="">stresslinux</a>minimal linux distribution running from a bootable cdrom or via PXE.
</li><li><a href="">thinstation</a>convert standard PCs into full-featured diskless thinclients.
</li><li><a href="">UHU-Linux Hungary</a>
</li><li><a href="">Tuxscreen Linux Phone</a>
</li><li><a href="">The Kerbango Internet Radio</a>
</li><li><a href="">LinuxMagic VPN Firewall</a>
</li><li><a href="">I-Silver Linux appliance servers</a>
</li><li><a href="">Sharp Zaurus PDA</a>
</li><li><a href="">Cyclades-TS and other Cyclades products</a>
</li><li><a href="">Buffalo WBR-G54 wireless router</a>
</li><li><a href="">Belkin 54g Wireless DSL/Cable Gateway Router</a>
</li><li><a href="">Linksys WRT54G - Wireless-G Broadband Router</a>
</li><li><a href="">Dell TrueMobile 1184</a>
<p>Do you use BusyBox? I'd love to know about it and
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