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Old 11-22-2009, 12:41 AM
Dmitri Vorobiev
 
Default Bug#557431: general: there is no package to install all POSIX utilities at once

Package: general
Severity: wishlist


Currently no package exists that would allow installation of all
utilities specified by the POSIX `Shell and utilities' volume:

http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/idx/utilities.html

It is considered useful to have such a package, and one such
package was actually created:

https://edge.launchpad.net/~codedot/+archive/ppa/+sourcepub/870564/+listing-archive-extra

This bug is to suggest inclusion of this or a similar package
into Debian operating system.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
APT prefers karmic-updates
APT policy: (500, 'karmic-updates'), (500, 'karmic-security'), (500, 'karmic-proposed'), (500, 'karmic-backports'), (500, 'karmic')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.31-15-generic (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash



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Old 11-22-2009, 01:31 AM
"brian m. carlson"
 
Default Bug#557431: general: there is no package to install all POSIX utilities at once

On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 03:41:39AM +0200, Dmitri Vorobiev wrote:
> Currently no package exists that would allow installation of all
> utilities specified by the POSIX `Shell and utilities' volume:
>
> http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/idx/utilities.html
>
> It is considered useful to have such a package, and one such
> package was actually created:
>
> https://edge.launchpad.net/~codedot/+archive/ppa/+sourcepub/870564/+listing-archive-extra
>
> This bug is to suggest inclusion of this or a similar package
> into Debian operating system.

Such a package would be of little use since by default, these utilities
are not POSIX-compliant. For example, patch is not POSIX-compliant by
default and most patch systems rely on this non-POSIX behavior. Debian
does not have a POSIX-compliant vi, since none of the implementations
have open mode.

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Old 11-22-2009, 01:34 PM
Dmitri Vorobiev
 
Default Bug#557431: general: there is no package to install all POSIX utilities at once

Actually, it is known that some utilities are not POSIX-compliant, and
will probably never be. At the same time, I believe that even though
some of the packages aren't POSIX-compliant, having a POSIX-like
environment can be useful. The point therefore is not to have a
POSIX-compliant system, but merely to install the utilities specified
by the `Shell and Utilities' volume.

Dmitri



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