[arch-general] A good time to switch to dash as /bin/sh?

Doug Newgard scimmia at archlinux.info
Fri Sep 26 23:11:22 UTC 2014

On 2014-09-26 15:57, Doug Newgard wrote:
> On 2014-09-26 15:00, Benjamin A. Shelton wrote:
>> On 09/26/2014 10:59 AM, Doug Newgard wrote:
>> What technical reasons are there against switching out /bin/sh?
>> Thusfar, I haven't encountered anything particularly noisome (the
>> ST2's subl launch script being one exception, probably several
>> others), but there's certainly something lurking in unseen dark
>> corners. It seems (superficially, at least) that most everything else
>> is well behaved and asks specifically for /bin/bash where expected.
>> Should those circumstances where this isn't the case be considered
>> bugs? I would say "yes," but others might emphatically say "no."
>> Benjamin
>> [1] 
>> http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/009604599/basedefs/xbd_chap08.html
>> [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almquist_shell
> My technical reason is simple, I don't think the base install should
> have to include another shell implementation when one is already
> available. If you want to switch /bin/sh on your machine, go for it. I
> just don't think having it as the default is a good way to go.

I should qualify that in that I don't think adding another package to 
base is a good idea *unless* there is a significant benefit to doing so. 
The plan to add dash to base when Arch was using initscripts made sense, 
it doesn't now that we're using systemd. There's already too much in 
base IMO.

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