Subject: Re: crosscompile attempt: solaris/x86 -> netbsd/sparc
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-toolchain
Date: 03/26/2002 16:34:24
On Tue, 26 Mar 2002, Hubert Feyrer wrote:

: > * /bin/sh *MUST* be replaced with a copy of, or symlink to, either
: >   /bin/ksh or /usr/xpg4/bin/sh.  This will be fixed in the future to use
: >   /usr/xpg4/bin/sh in nbmake by default.  (Solaris's /bin/sh is broken
: >   in some fantastic and amazing ways.)
: >
: > There's a lot of other very important Solaris info in that file.
: OK, thanks a lot!
: Would it be hard to make nbmake use some variable ($SHELL) to override
: /bin/sh? Or is this more twisted?

More twisted.  Not just nbmake uses it; there are some shell scripts
executed without an explicit "sh".  This will eventually be fixed, but it's
not near-term easy.

I always replace /bin/sh with /usr/xpg4/bin/sh on Solaris boxes to work
around their brain damage.  The broken sh probably stays broken only to
provide SunOS 4 script compatibility.

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