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Re: Switching the default /bin/sh to dash

On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 03:42:28PM +0200, Gilles Filippini wrote:
> > Note that /bin/sh belonging to the bash package for now, your changing
> > the symlink will be forgotten if you ever install another version of
> > bash that still has it.
> Is there any rational for not using the Debian alternatives method?

We tried that already 10 years ago. Have a look at this thread:


The relevant bash version was 

bash (2.02.1-1.8) unstable; urgency=low

  * Applied Anthonies patch and recompiled as the libc5 version did
    not compile for him (closes: #34717, #43050, #43096, #10699).
  * Bumped the version number of libreadline and recompiled,
    hopefully in time before the dinstall run ;)

 -- Torsten Landschoff <torsten@debian.org>  Sat, 18 Sep 1999 19:26:20 +0200

Believe me, using update-alternatives to manage /bin/sh will get you many
emails from annoyed users. I think I got around 1000 hate emails on a 
single day...

Greetings, Torsten

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