[Python-modules-team] Bug#484437: simpleparse: bashism in debian/rules

Raphael Geissert atomo64 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 4 00:38:16 UTC 2008

Source: simpleparse
Severity: important
Version: 2.1.0a1-1
User: debian-release at lists.debian.org
Usertags: goal-dash

Hello maintainer,

While checking for bashisms in debian/rules with checkbashisms (from 
the 'devscripts' package) I've found your package making use of a bashism.

checkbashisms' output:
> possible bashism in simpleparse/debian/rules line 20 (brace expansion):
>         rm -rf
> $(SHARE)/python-support/python-simpleparse/simpleparse/stt/TextTools/{LICEN
> possible bashism in simpleparse/debian/rules line 21 (brace expansion): 
> rm -rf 
> $(SHARE)/python-support/python-simpleparse/simpleparse/stt/{LICENSE,COPYRIG

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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