[pacman-dev] We've broken the bash

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Wed Oct 13 18:32:40 EDT 2010

On 14/10/10 01:36, Dan McGee wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 10:12 AM, Allan McRae<allan at archlinux.org>  wrote:
>> On 14/10/10 01:11, Allan McRae wrote:
>>> On 14/10/10 00:59, Dan McGee wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 9:54 AM, Allan McRae<allan at archlinux.org>  wrote:
>>>>> On 14/10/10 00:11, Dan McGee wrote:
>>>>>> I think this was alluded to a while back, but we are starting to show
>>>>>> some problems with our naming scheme and bash variable/function naming
>>>>>> rules:
>>>>>> /usr/bin/makepkg: line 1831: declare: `package_python-xlwt': not a
>>>>>> valid identifier
>>>>>> With latest makepkg built from git.
>>>>> Any chance of some more info on how to replicate? At least the
>>>>> pkgname line
>>>>> or even the whole PKGBUILD?
>>>> Haha, my bad.
>>>> wget http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/python-xlwt/python-xlwt.tar.gz
>>>> bsdtar xf python-xlwt.tar.gz
>>>> cd python-xlwt
>>>> makepkg
>>> I can not replicate with 4.1.x or 3.2.x.
>>                            ^ these are bash version....
> Hmmmmm. Build output attached, and here is the relevant part of this
> particular version of makepkg:
> 1825 # test for available PKGBUILD functions
> 1826 if declare -f build>/dev/null; then
> 1827   BUILDFUNC=1
> 1828 fi
> 1829 if declare -f package>/dev/null; then
> 1830   PKGFUNC=1
> 1831 elif [[ $SPLITPKG -eq 0 ]]&&  declare -f package_${pkgname}
>> /dev/null; then
> 1832   SPLITPKG=1
> 1833 fi

OK - I can replicate.   I forgot my makepkg-git package builds from my 
working branch which had not been rebased to master after the last 
couple of pushes.   But it turns out that was a good thing as there were 
only a couple of patches that could cause this issue:

05f0a28932c1acab7a9ddb58435d69626dad54da is the first bad commit

commit 05f0a28932c1acab7a9ddb58435d69626dad54da
Author: Nezmer <git at nezmer.info>
Date:   Tue Oct 12 02:23:16 2010 +0300

     Use sysconfdir, localstatedir, BASH instead of hardcoded values

     This applies to contrib/ files, our scripts, and the documentation.

     Dan: fix 'make clean' in contrib/ directory.

     Signed-off-by: Nezmer <git at nezmer.info>
     Signed-off-by: Dan McGee <dan at archlinux.org>


which does this to the top of makepkg:

#!/bin/sh -e

which is bad...  even when we symlink that to bash as it starts in 
standards compliance mode.  So you have not broken bash, you have broken 

So looking at configure output:

   checking for bash... /bin/sh

and the configure check:

   AC_CHECK_PROGS([BASH], [bash bash4 bash3], [false])

So...  WTF?   It turns out the issues is that the BASH variable seems to 
be used elsewhere and we have a naming conflict...


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