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Re: Tightening up specification of /bin/sh

Zack Weinberg wrote:
> > According to POSIX they shouldn't ignore the value in the
> > environment. At least ash seems to get this right:
> My reading of the XPG/4 page is that shells are allowed to honor or
> ignore it as they see fit.  Therefore, this is a case where my
> proposal triggers.  Ash honors the value in the environment, but bash,
> pdksh, AT&T ksh, and /bin/sh from three different proprietary Unix
> clones all ignore it.  Therefore, under my proposal, ash is buggy.
> If POSIX says explicitly that it must be honored, that's news to me.

Hmm... As I read page 123 (Shell Command Language, Variables)
shells can't ignore the value in the environment:

  "Variables shall be initialized from the environment ..."
  "The following variables shall affect the execution of the
  "IFS ..."

However at page 416-417 (sh, Environment Variables) they can:

  "The following environment variables shall affect the execution
  of sh:"
  "IFS ... Implementations may ignore the value of IFS in the
   environment at the time sh is invoked, treating IFS as if it were
   not set."

I asked about this on the austin-group-l@opengroup.org mailing
list, but didn't got any answer.

Patrik Hägglund

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