[xml/sgml-pkgs] Bug#489630: linuxdoc-tools: bashism in /bin/sh script

Raphael Geissert atomo64 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 7 02:11:46 UTC 2008

Package: linuxdoc-tools
Severity: important
Version: 0.9.51
User: debian-release at lists.debian.org
Usertags: goal-dash

Hello maintainer,

While performing an archive wide checkbashisms (from the 'devscripts' package) 
check I've found your package containing one or more /bin/sh scripts making 
use of bashisms.

checkbashisms' output:
> possible bashism in ./usr/share/linuxdoc-tools/sgmlswhich line 4 (unsafe
> echo with backslash): 
> echo "None of nsgmls/onsgmls available. \n"; exit 1; 
> possible bashism in ./usr/share/linuxdoc-tools/awkwhich line 4 (unsafe echo
> with backslash): 
> echo "None of gawk/mawk available. \n"; exit 1; 

Not using bash (or a Debian Policy conformant shell interpreter which does 
provide such an extra feature) as /bin/sh is likely to lead to errors or 
unexpected behaviours.
Please be aware that although bash is currently the default /bin/sh there's a 
release goal for Lenny to make dash the default /bin/sh[1].

If you want more information about dash as /bin/sh, you can read:

For more information please refer to the Debian Policy section 10.4 supporting 
this argument at:

Hints about how to fix bashisms:
Sometimes these bugs are already fixed in Ubuntu, look at the PTS.
If not already fixed you can read:


Thank you,
Atomo64 - Raphael

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