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Re: bootstrap shell?

On Fri, 23 May 2008 15:03:44 +0200
Tobias Nygren <> wrote:

> On Fri, 23 May 2008 14:58:45 +0200
> Tobias Nygren <> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > pkgsrc/OSF1 has long been plagued by the buggy and crash prone /bin/sh
> > _and_ /bin/ksh. I would like to fix this once and for all by adding
> > support for providing a sane shell as part of the bootstrap process.
> > This would involve importing the source code of some shell to pkgsrc,
> > like was already done for awk and sed. The #1 candidate seems to be
> > shells/pdksh. This would add 1.8M to unpacked pkgsrc. Can we live with
> > this?
> > 
> > TIA,
> > -Tobias
> I should have mentioned that mksh is another alternative, though I
> haven't investigated it yet.

mksh would be a better choice, because its a bugfixed version of pdksh and 
compiles on a lot of unix platforms, even on older BSD/OS and other exotic 
systems (and without autoconf).
The author is also very responsive, which is a great plus.

(ps.: personally I would be happy with mksh instead of ancient pdksh in base)


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