[haiku-development] Re: Proposal : move away from bash

  • From: Algirdas Buckus <vardulis@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:28:57 +0300

"trying to be an MIT-Licenced system"
– What is the purpose of this?
I think that is a waste of time and energy.

2010/8/13, pulkomandy <pulkomandy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> Hello,
> I'm wondering why we are using bash as a shell interpreter. It's
> licenced under the GPL, and we're trying to be an MIT-Licenced system.
> Also, it's big and complicated. We apparently have a set of hacks which
> prevent us to use the mainstream version and force us to have it in our
> source.
> I would like to switch to mksh [1]. This one compiles out of the box on
> Haiku. The sourcecode is a lot simpler, and it doesn't feature all the
> annoying utf-8 bugs that end up making your command line all borked.
> The binary is also about 4 times smaller for equivalent functionality.
> I did some tests and replaced bash in my Haiku install with mksh. The
> bootscript needed one change to the launch function, as mksh doesn't
> like "shift" when there is only one argument. I'm not sure this is a bug
> in mksh or a real difference between it and bash, as mksh aims for korn
> shell compatibility. This would be a move away from BeOS, but bash could
> still be provided as an optional package for people really needing it
> (and I don't think there is much BeOS software relying on bash being
> there).
> Finally, this would allow us to close a lot of coverity bugs.
> Any good reason not to make the switch ?
> [1] https://www.mirbsd.org/mksh.htm
> --
> Adrien.

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