• Bug
  • Status: Reopened
  • 2 Major
  • Resolution:
  • drb
  • Reporter: tgautier
  • October 02, 2008
  • 0
  • Watchers: 0
  • April 23, 2021


Ubuntu’s default shell is dash which does not conform to standard sh syntax.

This is really a problem with Ubuntu - it should not symlink /bin/sh to /bin/dash in light of such incompatibilities. Nonetheless, this problem affects our users from time to time and is rather obscure.

Most recently a forum user here ran into this: http://forums.terracotta.org/forums/posts/list/1437.page

Current workaround: 1) Point /bin/sh to /bin/bash

  • or - 2) update the script to be /bin/bash instead of /bin/sh


Hung Huynh 2008-10-02

I favor (2). Bash script is more robust and works well on all of our supported platforms. SH shell has a lot of bugs.

Chris Dennis 2008-10-02

Just to point out that this will get more significant in the future - http://release.debian.org/lenny/goals.txt - Debian are moving to dash as their standard sh, and are purging what they are calling “bashisms” from their shell scripts.

Fiona OShea 2008-10-03

Someday we can see if we can provide a more cross script solutions. For now it is documented under known issues.

Taylor Gautier 2008-10-03

I don’t favor (2) - one major issue is compatiblity and ease of use on platforms like Solaris and HPUX (the former is a Terracotta supported platform, the latter is not yet suppored, but likely in the next year).

If there are any “bashims” in our sh scripts, then that is wrong - but I believe we are compatible with sh. The real problem is as I understand it dash being incompatible with sh which seems to me to just be wrong.

Chris Dennis 2021-04-23