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Re: Making init scripts use dash

On Fri, May 19, 2006 at 02:05:12AM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> On May 19, Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> wrote:
> > Since bash does enable some features that are not specified in
> > POSIX, even when called as /bin/sh, I don't see what the problem
> > would be of installing "something else" as our default /bin/sh
> > (ignoring the fact
> That it would break all these non-portable scripts (do you really
> suggest that our users should debug bashisms in other people's
> autoconf scripts?).

Yes. The world is bigger than just GNU an GNU-based systems.

What do you think the *BSD people have to do all the time?

> > that only bash is Essential: yes for a second). It would greatly
> > improve portability of said non-Debian scripts.
> I doubt that the rest of the world would notice, at least for the
> first few years, and we can be sure that it would greatly raise
> frustration in our users.

Sure. I'm still not sure whether that makes it a bad idea.

Fun will now commence
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