[Request] GNU findutils

The GNU ‘find’ command is pretty much the best thing that we often take for granted. Sadly, the busybox version of ‘find’ does not include one important flag that I currently need: -empty

Having find (plus its other findutils siblings like ‘locate’) would be a great addition. Sadly, the only packages I could find for armv7l are RPMs, and since we don’t have RPM…

Any chance this could be ported? Thank you!

A whole lot of GNU utils would be useful to have in their “full” incarnations. find is one; ls with unicode support is another for me.

Yeah… about those GNU utils. I have cross-compiled and installed most of them on my 5N. There are two fundamental issues for which I haven’t been able to find a good solution:

  1. Many busybox versions are incompatible with the GNU versions. For example, ‘find’ is used to start and stop DroboApps. I’m kind of afraid of rebooting my 5N without removing the GNU version due to the very real possibility that it won’t finish booting. Right now, if I just try to restart an app I get some pretty weird error messages, but it still works.

  2. There is a very large number of apps that fit the description “GNU utils.” I have cross-compiled almost all that are listed here http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/view/stable/ under section 6 (“Installing Basic System Software”). I’ve tried to separate in a “base” and a “dev” package, but those are still really large. On the other hand, I’m not sure if it makes sense to break them in dozens of single command packages. In particular the dev tools don’t make any sense by themselves.