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bug #63693: allow a way of asserting that $(SHELL) is POSIX/Bourne compatible

Submitter:  David Boyce <boyski>
Submitted:  Mon 23 Jan 2023 09:20:06 PM UTC
Severity:  3 - Normal Item Group:  Enhancement
Status:  None Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Open
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Mon 23 Jan 2023 09:20:06 PM UTC, original submission:  

Currently, make decides whether the current shell is sufficiently POSIX-shell-like by looking at a hard-coded list of names:

/* determines whether path looks to be a Bourne-like shell. */
is_bourne_compatible_shell (const char *path)
  /* List of known POSIX (or POSIX-ish) shells.  */
  static const char *unix_shells[] = {

This is unfortunate for a couple of reasons. First, it probably leaves out some compatible shells and would make it harder to adapt to a new POSIX shell someone might invent. Second, it damages shell wrapper capabilities which is my specific problem.

I have a little open-source tool called "mdsh" (https://github.com/boyski/mdsh) which wraps over the real shell and provides diagnostic data for debugging complex make issues. But since name "mdsh" is not on the list above it's not recognized as a POSIX shell though it simply re-execs /bin/sh so of course it is. This causes problems when used with .ONESHELL, for instance, since leading @ characters in interior lines are only stripped for POSIX shells which means setting SHELL=mdsh results in mysterious breakages.

I've had to resort to invoking mdsh via a symlink to a name that is on the list, e.g. "rksh -> mdsh", which works but is not exactly elegant. I suggest it would be better to have a way of adding to the list dynamically, or simply to assert that the current shell is POSIX-compatible.

David Boyce <boyski>


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