Opened 16 years ago

Last modified 16 years ago

#196 new defect

bash'isms in which uses /bin/sh

Reported by: warmerdam Owned by: warmerdam
Priority: minor Milestone: 3.4.0
Component: Build System Version: 3.2.0
Severity: 3 Keywords: bash
Cc: External ID:


When I build FDO from svn trunk (presumably analygous to 3.3) I get:

warmerda@gdal64[23]% ./ 
test: 152: ==: unexpected operator
test: 161: ==: unexpected operator
./ 168: Syntax error: Bad fd number

the problem turns out to be that on Ubuntu /bin/sh is now a pointer to /bin/dash which is presumably a more bourne shell compatible interpreter than /bin/bash. But the script uses "==" as an operator for test which I gather is a bash extension.

The problem can be resolved by changing == to = or running the script with /bin/bash instead of /bin/sh.

My suggestion is that we just modify the bang line for these scripts to use /bin/bash, though cleaning them up to work with real bourne shells should also be fairly straight forward. I'd be willing to take on the implementation of either if so desired.

Note, bash is not normally available on some BSD derived systems, so in some ways the sh compatability is better than just using bash.

I believe this problem affects other similar scripts like

Another work around is to change the /bin/sh pointer on my system to point to bash but that may have unexpected consequences, and isn't a good solution for the project.

Change History (2)

comment:1 by gregboone, 16 years ago

Owner: changed from gregboone to warmerdam

Frank, I believe you affered to help. Please let us know if this is still the case.

comment:2 by gregboone, 16 years ago

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