Debian Bug report logs - #530194
steam: bashism in /bin/sh script

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Package: steam; Maintainer for steam is Debian Games Team <>; Source for steam is src:steam.

Reported by: Raphael Geissert <>

Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 07:24:23 UTC

Severity: important

Found in versions steam/2.2.31-4.3, steam/2.2.31-5

Fixed in version steam/2.2.31-6

Done: Neutron Soutmun <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Report forwarded to Alain Schroeder <>:
Bug#530194; Package steam. (Sat, 23 May 2009 07:24:25 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #3 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Raphael Geissert <>
Subject: steam: bashism in /bin/sh script
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 02:15:22 -0500
Package: steam
Severity: important
Version: 2.2.31-4.3
Usertags: goal-dash

Hello maintainer,

While performing an archive wide checkbashisms (from the 'devscripts' package)
check I've found your package containing a /bin/sh script making use
of a bashism.

checkbashisms' output:
> possible bashism in ./usr/share/steam/stop line 6 (should be 'b = a'):
>	  [ "$tmp_option" == "--force" ] && cat_func='cat'

Not using bash (or a Debian Policy conformant shell interpreter which doesn't
provide such an extra feature) as /bin/sh is likely to lead to errors or
unexpected behaviours.
Please be aware that although bash is currently the default /bin/sh there was
a release goal for Lenny to make dash the default /bin/sh[1], and has been
proposed for squeeze as well[2].

If you want more information about dash as /bin/sh, you can read:

For more information supporting this goal please refer to Debian Policy,
section 10.4, at:

Hints about how to fix bashisms:
Sometimes these bugs are already fixed in Ubuntu, look at the PTS.
If not already fixed you can read:

If you still don't know how to fix the bashisms don't hesitate to reply to
this email, or tag the bug as 'help'.


Thank you,
Raphael Geissert

Information forwarded to, Debian QA Group <>:
Bug#530194; Package steam. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 03:12:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Neutron Soutmun <>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Debian QA Group <>. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 03:12:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #8 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Neutron Soutmun <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: Re: bashism in /bin/sh script
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:09:08 +0700
[Message part 1 (text/plain, inline)]
Package: steam
Version: 2.2.31-5
Severity: normal
Tags: patch

Hash: SHA1

Fix remaining bashism which applied by

Patch is attached.

Neutron Soutmun

- -- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-2-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=th_TH.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=th_TH.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Version: GnuPG v1.4.10 (GNU/Linux)

[steam-bashism.patch (text/x-diff, attachment)]

Reply sent to Neutron Soutmun <>:
You have taken responsibility. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 04:21:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Notification sent to Raphael Geissert <>:
Bug acknowledged by developer. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 04:21:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #13 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Neutron Soutmun <>
Subject: Bug#530194: fixed in steam 2.2.31-6
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 04:17:29 +0000
Source: steam
Source-Version: 2.2.31-6

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
steam, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to main/s/steam/steam-lib_2.2.31-6_amd64.deb
  to main/s/steam/steam_2.2.31-6.diff.gz
  to main/s/steam/steam_2.2.31-6.dsc
  to main/s/steam/steam_2.2.31-6_all.deb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Neutron Soutmun <> (supplier of updated steam package)

(This message was generated automatically at their request; if you
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Hash: SHA1

Format: 1.8
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:44:30 +0700
Source: steam
Binary: steam steam-lib
Architecture: source all amd64
Version: 2.2.31-6
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian QA Group <>
Changed-By: Neutron Soutmun <>
 steam      - Environment for cooperative knowledge management
 steam-lib  - Environment for cooperative knowledge management (libs)
Closes: 530194
 steam (2.2.31-6) unstable; urgency=low
   * QA upload.
   * Fix bashisms (Closes: #530194).
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