Bug#563352: Upstream won't change
I also don't think that Konsole should be patched. Instead clarify in
the policy what a "command" actually is. Saying "everything that works
with xterm" is too broad (and too broken).
Let's look at the one from the KDE bug report:
konsole -e "cd src && make"
This is not a command, it's a line to be interpreted e.g. by a shell.
That's not the same but often confused: "cd" is a command and "make" is
another but the above is not. The suggestion in the KDE bug report is
indeed the solution:
konsole -e /bin/sh -c "cd src && make"
as that fits any definition of command (/bin/sh) and arguments (the
other arguments) and fully complies to policy.
How is konsole supposed to see that this is to be interpreted by
/bin/sh and not by python or perl? Just because xterm does something
funky and blindly assumes a standard shell? That contradicts policy
"[...]runs the specified command, interpreting the entirety of the rest
of the command line as a command to pass straight to exec[...]"
xterm obviously does NOT do this!
And policy is not everything. Having a consistent behaviour of konsole
on Debian and non-Debian system is far more important.
BTW: the example from the KDE bug report is rather stupid, using "cd
src && konsole -e make" seems smarter, no? And that even works :-O