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Re: Mass "do not use bash" bug filing

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 08:55:31AM +0200, Joël Krähemann wrote:
> On gum, 2014-09-26 at 11:28 +0100, Adam D. Barratt wrote:
> > I noticed that you appear to be filing several RC bugs against packages
> > which use /bin/bash shebangs in their scripts.
> > 
> > These bugs are *not* RC. The packages themselves do not have security
> > issues. The interpreter they choose to use {may,does}, but that is not a
> > bug in grep, xz-utils or gzip.
> > 
> > You should also know by now that mass bug filing without prior
> > discussion is discouraged, regardless of the severity.
> > 
> > Finally, the rationale presented for the bugs - "against the debian
> > policy to use /bin/sh if possible" - is bogus. Debian Policy makes no
> > such requirement or even suggestion. It spells out what functionality
> > scripts using /bin/sh may rely on, it in no way implies that other
> > shells may not be used if appropriate shebangs and dependencies are in
> > place.
> I don't know what you're doing. Since I use bash I'm scared about this
> news. But doesn't the Unix specification explain how to reset terminals?

The quoted mail has nothing to do with terminals; and, regardless of any
movement to cut down on the use of bash scripts in Debian itself, you'll
of course still be able to use bash for your own purposes.

> Have you ever read this sentence: Read the fucking manual.

There is no need for this on Debian mailing lists.  Please keep things
civil and respectful.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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