On Son, 2009-01-04 at 22:13 +0000, Jamie Lokier wrote:
> Rob Landley wrote:
> > In a private email, Bernd Petrovitsch suggested "set -- $i" and then
> > using NAME=$1; PERIOD=$2.  (I keep getting private email responses
> > to these sort of threads, and then getting dismissed as the only one
> > who cares about the issue.  Less so this time around, but still...)
> > This apparently works all the way back to the bourne shell.
> If you're going "all the way back to the bourne shell", don't use "set

"Going back to a Bourne shell" was neither the intention nor makes it
sense IMHO.
I mentioned it to point out that the `set -- ' (or `set x `) is nothing
new or even a bash-ism.

> -- $i"; use "set x $i" instead, and don't expect to do any arithmetic
> in the shell; use "expr" or "awk" for arithmetic.
> (Not relevant to kernel scripts, imho, since you can always assume
> something a bit more modern and not too stripped down).

ACK. A bash can IMHO be expected. Even going for `dash` is IMHO somewhat
too extreme.

> (I have 850 Linux boxes on my network with a bourne shell which
> doesn't do $((...)).  I won't be building kernels on them though :-)

Believe it or not, but there are folks out there who build the firmware
on ARM 200 MHz NFS-mounted systems natively  (and not simply
cross-compile it on a 2GHz PC .....).

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