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Re: 2.59d on OpenServer

From: Tim Rice
Subject: Re: 2.59d on OpenServer
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2006 09:24:12 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 5 Jun 2006, Paul Eggert wrote:

> Tim Rice <address@hidden> writes:
> > There is still a problem with 2.59d on the OpenServer platforms....
> > It looks like the "at_help_all" variable has 12270 characters in it.
> > The ksh (/usr/bin/posix/sh is a symbolic link to ksh) is blowing up
> > at 4074 characters.
> This is not a regression then, right?  In Autoconf 2.59 that variable
> has 7368 bytes, so you ought to have the same bug with 2.59.

[more tests]
Not a regression for OpenServer 5.0.x (tested on 5.0.4 & 5.0.7) but is
a regression for OpenServer 6.0.0 as a result of using /usr/bin/posix/sh.

> That being said, which version of OpenServer are you using?  What
> shells does it have?  Are there any other shells besides that buggy
> ksh?

As you found in the docs, "extended shells" (bash) didn't come on OSR5
until 5.0.7 Maintenance Pack 3.

OSR6 has the "extended shells" package and also a newer ksh in

Setting CONFIG_SHELL to some other working shell does work.

I've asked SCO why /usr/bin/posix/sh on OSR6 is a symlink to the
Version 11/16/88g ksh and not the Version M-12/28/93e-SCO ksh (/u95/bin/ksh)
like on UnixWare. OSR5 didn't have /usr/bin/posix/sh so there wasn't
and "backward compatability" reasson to use the older ksh. I'm thinking
this is really a SCO packaging problem.
Maybe we just ignore this for now.

Tim Rice                                Multitalents    (707) 887-1469

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