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Re: [PATCH 0/2] First steps in making autoconf ensure a POSIX shell

From: Adrian Bunk
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/2] First steps in making autoconf ensure a POSIX shell
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:56:40 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Wed, Nov 07, 2012 at 05:33:54PM +0100, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
> On 11/07/2012 04:41 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:
> > On 11/07/2012 04:37 AM, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
> >> I want to be able to assume the make recipes
> >> are run by a POSIX shell.
> > 
> > Thanks.
> > 
> > Are all the features you're testing for specified by
> > POSIX 1003.2-1992? (That is, are they all suitably *old* POSIX?)
> >
> I'm not really sure: I only looked at the last standard available
> online on the Austing Group site:
> <>
> In any case, the features required seem common and simple enough, and
> I'd rather start aiming a little high, and then lower our expectations
> if we hit a real-world shell that doesn't support all the features
> we are testing

That sounds like a recipe for getting emergency 2.71, 2.72 and 2.73 
releases, plus bad press as a bonus.

> Thanks,
>   Stefano



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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