Subject: pkg/34539: New package: dash
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List: pkgsrc-bugs
Date: 09/16/2006 12:30:00
>Number:         34539
>Category:       pkg
>Synopsis:       New package: dash
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    pkg-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sat Sep 16 12:30:00 +0000 2006
>Originator:     Claudio M.
>Release:        NetBSD 3.1_RC2
"dash" is a POSIX compliant shell that is much smaller than "bash". We take
advantage of that by making it the shell on the installation root floppy, where
space is at a premium.

It can be usefully installed as /bin/sh (because it executes scripts somewhat
faster than "bash"), or as the default shell either of root or of a second user
with a userid of 0 (because it depends on fewer libraries, and is therefore
less likely to be affected by an upgrade problem or a disk failure). It is also
useful for checking that a script uses only POSIX syntax.

"bash" is a better shell for most users, since it has some nice features absent
from "dash", and is a required part of the system.



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