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lksh: Legacy Korn shell built on mksh
lksh - Legacy Korn shell built on mksh
SYNOPSIS-words [-+abCefhiklmnprUuvXx [-+o opt ] ] [-c string | -s | file [args ... ] ]
DESCRIPTIONis a command interpreter intended exclusively for running legacy shell scripts. It is built on mksh refer to its manual page for details on the scripting language. It is recommended to port scripts to mksh instead of relying on legacy or idiotic POSIX-mandated behaviour, since the MirBSD Korn Shell scripting language is much more consistent.
LEGACY MODEhas the following differences from mksh
- is not suitable for use as /bin/sh
- There is no explicit support for interactive use, nor any command line editing or history code. Hence, is not suitable as a user's login shell, either; use mksh instead.
- The KSH_VERSION string identifies as ``LEGACY KSH'' instead of ``MIRBSD KSH''
- only offers the traditional ten file descriptors to scripts.
- uses POSIX arithmetics, which has quite a few implications: The data type for arithmetics is the host ISO C Vt long data type. Signed integer wraparound is Undefined Behaviour. The sign of the result of a modulo operation with at least one negative operand is unspecified. Shift operations on negative numbers are unspecified. Division of the largest negative number by -1 is Undefined Behaviour. The compiler is permitted to delete all data and crash the system if Undefined Behaviour occurs.
- The rotation arithmetic operators are not available.
- The shift arithmetic operators take all bits of the second operand into account; if they exceed permitted precision, the result is unspecified.
- The GNU bash extension &> to redirect stdout and stderr in one go is not parsed.
- The mksh command line option -T is not available.
set -o posix
always uses traditional mode for constructs like:
$ set -- $(getopt ab:c "$@") $ echo $?
POSIX mandates this to show 0, but traditional mode passes through the errorlevel from the getopt(1) command.
- lksh unlike AT&T System ksh does not keep file descriptors > 2 private.
CAVEATStries to make a cross between a legacy bourne/posix compatibl-ish shell and a legacy pdksh-alike but ``legacy'' is not exactly specified.
The set built-in command does not have all options one would expect from a full-blown mksh or pdksh
Talk to the MirOS development team using the mailing list at Aq miros-mksh [at] mirbsd.org or the #!/bin/mksh (or #ksh ) IRC channel at irc.freenode.net (Port 6697 SSL, 6667 unencrypted) if you need any further quirks or assistance, and consider migrating your legacy scripts to work with mksh instead of requiring .