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Re: standards/11197 (POSIX.2: regular builtins can't be exec'ed.)

The following reply was made to PR standards/11197; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Holland <>
Subject: Re: standards/11197 (POSIX.2: regular builtins can't be exec'ed.)
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:11:14 +0000

 On Wed, Dec 05, 2018 at 07:52:47AM +0000, wrote:
  > Synopsis: POSIX.2: regular builtins can't be exec'ed.
  > State-Changed-From-To: open->closed
  > State-Changed-By:
  > State-Changed-When: Wed, 05 Dec 2018 07:52:47 +0000
  > State-Changed-Why:
  > It is a pity that no-one has replied to, or acted upon, this PR
  > in the past 18 years ...
  > The last time I raised this issue, the consensus was strongly
  > that POSIX was insane in this area (my interpretation) and that
  > we should not implement this (even though doing so is trivial
  > and almost cost free).
 It is not free to install nonfunctioning junk scripts on the system.
 An implementation that hides the insanity inside xargs as a set of
 special cases after exec fails is not free either (bloat, maintenance
 cost, you name it).
  > Thus, rather than simply leave this PR sitting open for another
  > 18 years, I'm closing it as a "will not fix".
 David A. Holland

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