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Re: should bashdb be included w/bash?

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: should bashdb be included w/bash?
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 15:34:39 -0400
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On 7/24/21 3:09 PM, L A Walsh wrote:
Not entirely sure how, but have been running 5.1.8(3)-release which seems
fine...up until I wanted to single step a script...
bashdb <file>...and saw
/usr/share/bashdb/command/set_sub/dollar0.sh: line 23: enable: dynamic loading not available
4:  shopt -s expand_aliases

It looks like your system doesn't have the right dlopen support for dynamic
loading builtins, so bash didn't compile it in.

dynamic loading not available?...poke poke poke...um oh:
bash debugger, bashdb, release 4.4-0.94

doesn't seem to be same as bash...hmm...that's probably not good.

It may or may not mean anything.

Probably my local distro ...looked for a bashdb package...nep.
oh...it's just out there in the wild, sorta, well on a gnu related

There are a number of packaged versions of bashdb, but I don't know
how current they are.

Guess it wasn't ever packaged as a separate thing.

Does it need to be?  (Yeah, maybe?, I don't care, but some might)
But maybe it should be included w/bash (at least as far as source
goes), and become maybe an --enable-bashdb option at build time?

I'm not interested in maintaining bashdb (and no one has asked me to).
My goal is that the bash testing cycle is long enough to allow the bashdb
developers (I don't know them) to align their testing with the bash
testing, so the bashdb that's available when, say, bash-5.2 gets released
has been tested against bash-5.2.

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

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