RFR: 8011350 : hgforesth.sh fails if sh is not bash

Mike Duigou mike.duigou at oracle.com
Wed Apr 3 15:56:07 UTC 2013

An alternative has been suggested: convert the hgforest.sh script to a bash script. I have tested this alternative on unbuntu linux 11.04, solaris 10u9, MacOS 10.7 and cygwin 1.7.17. This seems like less risk and there doesn't seem to be a compelling reason to stick with classic sh.

I have prepared an alternate webrev here:


We could still consider the original webrev if using bash turns out to have unexpected issues. 


On Apr 2 2013, at 20:03 , Mike Duigou wrote:

> Hello all;
> Further testing on JDK-8011342 revealed that hgforest.sh can fail if the sh shell is not bash. The problem appears to be due to mixing of -o -a and ! in [] test expressions.
> I have prepared a webrev here:
> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~mduigou/JDK-8011350/0/webrev/common/bin/hgforest.sh.udiff.html
> This converts all of the potentially problematic [ expr -o expr ] [ expr -a expr ] and [ expr -{o|a} ! expr ] to use "test". My conversions are based on the advice of the autotools chapter on "Writing portable Bourne Shell" (http://sourceware.org/autobook/autobook/autobook_208.html#SEC208) for avoiding potential problems. 
> The other option is just to require bash which is already required by the new build process.
> Mike

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