Bug 4449 - shell scripts won't work with strict POSIX shells (e.g. dash)
Summary: shell scripts won't work with strict POSIX shells (e.g. dash)
Alias: None
Product: xprint
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Server: Config: startup scripts (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
: high normal
Assignee: Roland Mainz
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Depends on:
Blocks: 5799
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Reported: 2005-09-14 02:35 UTC by Sandor Geller
Modified: 2011-09-13 15:52 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Sandor Geller 2005-09-14 02:35:31 UTC
I checked out and installed X.org CVS ( version. X won't start

1. the startx script contains a non POSIX-compliant arithmetic evaluation
2. the installed xprint init script uses arrays, which aren't present in
 strictly POSIX-compliant shells

My /bin/sh is dash.

The first problem can be solved by a trivial patch:

--- programs/xinit/startx.cpp.orig      2005-07-26 01:19:06.000000000 +0200
+++ programs/xinit/startx.cpp   2005-09-14 11:27:09.000000000 +0200
@@ -183,7 +183,7 @@
        removelist="$displayname $removelist"
-        dummy=$((dummy+1));
+        dummy=$(($dummy+1));
         xauth -q -f $xserverauthfile << EOF
 add :$dummy . $authcookie

The second problem can be solved by specifying /bin/bash instead of
/bin/sh - however this assumes that bash is installed into the /bin
directory which might be false on non-Linux platforms.
Comment 1 Sebastien Bacher 2006-02-17 23:36:43 UTC
Ubuntu bug about the first point:
Comment 2 Jeremy C. Reed 2006-02-26 02:21:52 UTC
I committed the fix to app/xinit/startx.cpp (but not monolithic
programs/xinit/startx.cpp) for the first problem.
Comment 3 Adam Jackson 2006-04-15 05:56:57 UTC
remaining bug is against xprint
Comment 4 mar77i 2010-03-23 15:35:37 UTC
same for xdm scripts! :)
Comment 5 Corbin Simpson 2011-09-13 15:52:50 UTC
Closing WONTFIX because nobody cares about Xprint. Reopen if you plan to address this bug.

Additionally, if this is a problem with xdm, please refile against xdm. Thank you.

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