Dash as default shell

Ian Malone ibmalone at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 22:41:38 UTC 2014

On 6 October 2014 17:28, Miloslav Trmač <mitr at redhat.com> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> > At that point switching anything to dash can _only increase_, not reduce,
>> > the disk space needed, and is very likely to increase the total page cache
>> > usage/requirement as well.  Bringing the benefits of supporting dash to…
>> > the satisfaction of pedantically using the POSIX /bin/sh path as
>> > frequently as possible?
>> Also known as portability, compatibility
> Upstreams can be interested in cross-distro portability and compatibility.  I don’t see much benefit for Fedora and Fedora’s users.

Fedora is never upstream? Ever? What happened to all the discussions
of remixes in Janurary for a start? And we're not interested in
interoperability with other distros? Because Fedora-land is quite
small compared to the whole picture.

>> and transparency.
> Perhaps for changing the #! line; adding yet another programming language to the OS would make it more complex and thus _reduce_ transparency.

Not another programming language, one that is already being used.
Being explicit about it. Why be so resistant to that?

>> Do we
>> encourage people to turn compiler warnings off?
> No, but most compiler warnings are useful _for increasing quality noticeable to users of Fedora_.  A warning about use of a bash construct when we are using bash doesn’t help us help users.

Getting dependencies right isn't helpful?

Even the scripts that you might think are solely Fedora specific could
be useful to other people.


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