Dash as default shell

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Thu Oct 2 10:07:43 UTC 2014

On 10/02/2014 11:25 AM, Balint Szigeti wrote:
> On Thu, 2014-10-02 at 10:58 +0200, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
>> On 10/02/2014 10:32 AM, Balint Szigeti wrote:
>> > hello
>> >
>> > Don't we consider using zsh?
>> I'd rather not. Thoughout its history, zsh has had lots of issues
>> originating from limitations, bugs and incompatibilities.
> hm... Interesting, I and my colleague use zsh and we don't have problem
> with it.
> Can you give some examples?
Well, check autoconf's and automake's history of ca. the last 5 years. 
There have been a quite some patches been added to work around zsh issues ;)

One case I am currently aware about is this:

# cat script
SUBDIRS="a b  c"
list=${SUBDIRS}; for subdir in $list; do
echo $subdir

# /bin/bash script

Same result for dash and ksh, but for zsh:
# /bin/zsh script
a b  c

>> I don't know about the current situation, but e.g., the configure
>> scripts I just posted the timings of for for bash and dash fail with zsh.
> Which script do you mean?

I was referring to the files I used in 

AFAICT so far, it fails because of behavioral difference between zsh and 
bash/ksh/dash outlined above (the "script" example).


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