Re: Bugs in bash (was: Release-critical Bugreport)
> ash is not POSIX compliant, incidentally. Basically there are two
> POSIX shells in Debian, bash and pdksh.
But as far as I can determine from the ash manpage, it is heading that
way (this is from the slink version):
Sh is the standard command interpreter for the system.
The current version of sh is in the process of being
changed to conform with the POSIX 1003.2 and 1003.2a spec-
ifications for the shell. This version has many features
which make it appear similar in some respects to the Korn
shell, but it is not a Korn shell clone (run GNU's bash if
you want that). Only features designated by POSIX, plus a
few Berkeley extensions, are being incorporated into this
shell. We expect POSIX conformance by the time 4.4 BSD is
released. This man page is not intended to be a tutorial
or a complete specification of the shell.
So do you mean that it is not yet POSIX compliant? And if so, then
the bash manpage also says:
Bash is ultimately intended to be a conformant implementa-
tion of the IEEE POSIX Shell and Tools specification (IEEE
Working Group 1003.2).
And even then, bash still seems to require the --posix command-line
option to behave in a truly POSIX-compliant way.
Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, QMW, Univ. of London. J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk
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