Subject: Re: pkg/34539: New package: dash
To: None <,,>
From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
List: pkgsrc-bugs
Date: 09/17/2006 13:30:02
The following reply was made to PR pkg/34539; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
Subject: Re: pkg/34539: New package: dash
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 15:24:21 +0200

 On Sat, Sep 16, 2006 at 12:30:00PM +0000, wrote:
 > "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.
 > >How-To-Repeat:
 > >Fix:
 > Package link:
 If I remember the discussions correctly, dash is certainly not POSIX
 compliant and will break e.g. pkgsrc. Just as a note to whoever wants to
 import this...