[Grml-devel] RFC: Switching to mksh for `minimal-shell'

Frank Terbeck ft at grml.org
Thu Feb 25 20:49:52 CET 2010

Hey there,

In our zsh setup we got a function `minimal-shell' which spawns a ksh93
with a usable small setup. The point of that function is to have a
shell, that has very few dependencies so that unmounting stuff like /usr
is possible.

That works well, but I'd still like to switch from ksh93 to mksh. Why?
Well, we know mksh's developer; it links even less external libraries
and it is more pleasant to use interactively.

To cut a long story short: There's a new mksh release coming up very
soon now. And after that - as soon as a debian package is available -
I'd like to make the move.

If somebody objects, scream now.

Regards, Frank

In protocol design, perfection has been reached not when there is
nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
                                                  -- RFC 1925

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