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Re: Why does bash bundles readline instead of use a shared one?

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Why does bash bundles readline instead of use a shared one?
Date: Mon, 28 May 2018 20:09:06 -0400
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On 5/28/18 7:50 PM, Garreau, Alexandre wrote:
> On 2018-05-28 at 19:41, Chet Ramey wrote:
>> On 5/28/18 12:27 PM, Garreau, Alexandre wrote:
>> 1. Bash has always had readline, even before there was a separate readline
>>    distribution. There's no compelling reason to change this.
> Oh okay!
>> 3. Bash ships with as few external dependencies as possible. Many systems
>>    do not ship a separate readline, and do not ship it as part of the base
>>    system.
> Wouldn’t then ask to build it separately, while still requiring it as a
> mandatory dependency encourage more systems to ship readline, making it
> more available to other programs and more likely to be embeded by them?

All the world isn't Linux, and even within the Linux ecosystem there are
multiple completing software distribution and packaging systems. I have
no desire to wade into that; I leave it up to the distributions.

> Also wouldn’t that save space by default on
> embeded systems if they also may ship a separate readline?

There is an easy way for them to do that if they want.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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