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More Portable Interpreters


Use a portable version of the interpreters call in scripts.


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  • Targeted release: Fedora 18
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Detailed Description

Traditionally a lot of scripts uses


to invoke the interpreter.

Feature changes the traditional file system layout. Scripts should not rely on a hard coded pathes. Should be used more portable interpreter call.

\#!/usr/bin/env sh

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Comments and Discussion

    1. It's unnecessary because the FHS specifies that /bin/sh must exist (the UsrMove feature doesn't interfere with this as the FHS allows symlinks and UsrMove creates compat symlinks).
    2. Using env would allow a new way to inject a different version of the shell into scripts which admins will need to consider when auditing their system security.
    3. In the event that someone has a different version of sh in their path for their own use, you don't want that sh to be used with scripts intended to run with the system sh.
    4. If the purpose is to protect against changes to where binaries fall in the filesystem path, you're just moving the problem around. Instead of relying on /bin/sh existing, we now rely on /usr/bin/env existing. Additionally, these are shell scripts. Unless we rewrite the scripts themselves to change all constructs like /sbin/ifconfig | /bin/grep eth* to ifconfig | grep eth* at the same time, we aren't really protecting against path changes.
    5. Using env is unnecessary overhead, not just for running systems but also for packagers to rewrite scripts and produce Fedora-specific patches for.