Re: bashisems in maintainer scripts.
On Tue, Mar 02, 2004 at 10:45:28AM -0800, Oliver Kurth wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-03-02 at 10:32, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> > Why not simply use #!/bin/bash (it's essential), nobody is forced to use
> > /bin/sh...
> > Baf, all problems gone, bashisms are allowed, if it works with bash, it
> > works, bash is portable within Debian so problem solved.
> > Or did I miss something?
> You did - there may be users who do want to install bash, but dash or
> sth else instead, for example if they have tight diskspace.
It's not possible for them to remove bash, so it won't help them
However, they might want to install another shell as /bin/sh for speed
reasons. bash is quite slow compared to some other /bin/sh
implementations. For that reason (plus more nebulous and debatable style
reasons) it's worthwhile to stick to POSIX shell where possible.
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]