On Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 08:50:40PM +0000, Stephen Allen wrote: > It's been drawn to my attention not to use bash from the ports > collection, because if one of it's dependencies (gettext or libiconv) > fails or is updated significantly, it could break, and prevent login.
Hmm, I guess it *could* happen, but in the 8 years I have been using bash on FreeBSD, it never *has* happened. Of course, that's not to say that it never *will* happen... As long as you adopt a sensible approach to upgrading your installed ports, then I don't think you'll go far wrong - portupgrade can be made to rebuild dependent packages, so any significant change to libiconv can be picked up by all other packages that require it. > The suggested solution was to use a base shell (such as sh) and append > 'bash -l' to .shrc to automatically enter bash. > > The quite annoying side-effect is having to type 'exit' twice to get out > of a su shell or screen. You could instead do something like this (untested!): if (bash --version > /dev/null) then exec bash fi which will replace your login shell with a bash, as long as bash can successfully run and display its version info. Then you only have one shell to kill to log out. > > Would it be a better idea to use the pre-compiled binary for bash? And > if I did so, could I be alerted to updates as easy as using 'pkg_version > -v' when checking if any ports need updating? Using a binary package will make no difference - it will still cause dependencies to be installed, just as if you built it from source. As long as you take time to check which ports/packages need updating at any particular time, and keep an eye on /usr/ports/UPDATING, then you shouldn't go far wrong. If you are really worried about it, then you can build a static bash, which you can then install on your / fs. Set WITH_STATIC_BASH and you can put the resulting monolithic binary anywhere you like. And yes, pkg_version -v will tell you which ports/packages are outdated, whether you installed them from binary packages or from source. To get a slightly clearer result, try # pkg_version -v | grep -v = to only see outdated ports. HTH Dan -- Daniel Bye _ ASCII ribbon campaign ( ) - against HTML, vCards and X - proprietary attachments in e-mail / \ _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"