Debian Bug report logs - #530973
dpkg-cross: bashism in /bin/sh script

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Package: dpkg-cross; Maintainer for dpkg-cross is Debian Embedded Group <>; Source for dpkg-cross is src:dpkg-cross.

Reported by: Raphael Geissert <>

Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 04:21:14 UTC

Severity: minor

Found in version dpkg-cross/2.5.0

Fixed in version dpkg-cross/2.5.2

Done: Neil Williams <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Report forwarded to Debian Embedded Group <>:
Bug#530973; Package dpkg-cross. (Fri, 29 May 2009 04:21:17 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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

From: Raphael Geissert <>
Subject: dpkg-cross: bashism in /bin/sh script
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 23:19:06 -0500
Package: dpkg-cross
Severity: minor
Version: 2.5.0
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/bug/dpkg-cross/script line 5 ($"foo" should
> be eval_gettext "foo"):
>	  YESNO=$"yYnN"

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

Tags added: pending Request was from "Neil Williams" <> to (Mon, 01 Jun 2009 14:06:10 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Reply sent to Neil Williams <>:
You have taken responsibility. (Mon, 01 Jun 2009 16:12:21 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Notification sent to Raphael Geissert <>:
Bug acknowledged by developer. (Mon, 01 Jun 2009 16:12:23 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Neil Williams <>
Subject: Bug#530973: fixed in dpkg-cross 2.5.2
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2009 16:04:39 +0000
Source: dpkg-cross
Source-Version: 2.5.2

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

  to pool/main/d/dpkg-cross/dpkg-cross_2.5.2.dsc
  to pool/main/d/dpkg-cross/dpkg-cross_2.5.2.tar.gz
  to pool/main/d/dpkg-cross/dpkg-cross_2.5.2_all.deb
  to pool/main/d/dpkg-cross/libdebian-dpkgcross-perl_2.5.2_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
Neil Williams <> (supplier of updated dpkg-cross package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2009 16:16:11 +0100
Source: dpkg-cross
Binary: dpkg-cross libdebian-dpkgcross-perl
Architecture: source all
Version: 2.5.2
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian Embedded Group <>
Changed-By: Neil Williams <>
 dpkg-cross - tools for cross compiling Debian packages
 libdebian-dpkgcross-perl - functions to aid cross-compiling Debian packages
Closes: 528301 530973
 dpkg-cross (2.5.2) unstable; urgency=low
   * Update Vcs-Browser URL for alioth changes. (Closes: #528301)
   * Use /bin/bash for reportbug support script. (Closes: #530973)
   * Drop unused %crossprefixtable.
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 3a0acd6d9af984a94b690def3b33f168 1208 utils extra dpkg-cross_2.5.2.dsc
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 a75a6ba45c5db53723ec185b9ae009ea 49972 utils extra dpkg-cross_2.5.2_all.deb
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