Subject: Re: ksh and tab completion
To: None <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/19/2001 16:59:31
[ On Monday, March 19, 2001 at 21:48:51 (+0100), wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: ksh and tab completion
> ksh is much faster and takes much less memory than bash.

I was beginning to wonder if anyone noticed....  :-)

Bash is also rather bug-ridden and not always as compatible with normal
shells as is normally desirable....

(Un)Fortunately /bin/ksh also smaller and perhaps faster than /bin/sh:

i386 $ size /bin/sh /bin/ksh
text    data    bss     dec     hex     filename
395707  9112    19964   424783  67b4f   /bin/sh
373739  3776    23356   400871  61de7   /bin/ksh

sparc $ size /bin/sh /bin/ksh
text    data    bss     dec     hex     filename
473736  9100    19192   502028  7a90c   /bin/sh
446112  3804    22508   472424  73568   /bin/ksh

... still too large for a programming shell IMNSHO....

I'd be willing to try to argue on the side of removing command-line
editing and any other non-POSIX garbage from NetBSD's /bin/sh (except of
course a built-in test and maybe a built-in expr) now that /bin/ksh is a
standard feature.  Then we'd have faster scripts and still a nice
command-line shell.

							Greg A. Woods

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