I would prefer to have a current mawk in Ubuntu, but if that does not happen, replacing mawk with gawk would be appreciated.
-- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Ubuntu Touch seeded packages, which is subscribed to mawk in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1841654 Title: Consider replacing mawk with gawk in main Status in mawk package in Ubuntu: Confirmed Status in ubuntu-mate-meta package in Ubuntu: Confirmed Status in ubuntu-meta package in Ubuntu: Confirmed Bug description: For POSIX compatibility reasons Ubuntu ships with mawk ("Mike's awk" = mawk) in main. There is an awk-symlink to mawk, thus mawk is the official awk implementation in Ubuntu. == Reasons against keeping mawk == *The mawk package is synced from debian and it is heavily undermaintained: Debian (and thus Ubuntu) still ships version 1.3.3-17, the same version at least since oldoldstable: https://packages.debian.org/search?searchon=names&keywords=mawk *maintainer Thomas E. Dickey (https://invisible-island.net/mawk/) called officially out that Debian "neglected" mawk in 2014 ("As noted, mawk has been neglected by some packagers (see for example this http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?package=mawk)". And Debian (and Ubuntu) still ship the same version five years later *Most other distributions ship mawk at least in its last official incarnation 1.3.4 in their repositories. Dickey lists AIX, Fedora, FinkPorts (Mac OS X), FreeBSD port, Gentoo, HPUX, MacPorts (Mac OS X), NetBSD pkgsrc/lang, OpenCSW (Solaris). That version is from 2014 but updated snapshots are released in regular intervals. The current snapshot is from February 2019: https://github.com/ThomasDickey/mawk- snapshots/blob/ab13a164013940e90c0b1ad36a039feae06a0b65/CHANGES *A planned rewrite mawk2 was planned by original author Mike Brennan in 2016 but obviously came to nothing: https://github.com/ploxiln/mawk-2/commits/master *Thus mawk sits in Ubuntu main in a version published upstream in 2009 and celebrates its 10th anniversary of negligence. In a state that Debian was called out for 5 years ago. *This year it is 10 years unmaintained and largely untouched. At the end of the next LTS-support-cycle we can celebrate 15 years of not supporting it. *awk is included in Linux for POSIX standard compliance. Mawk is known to be fast and small but it is the implementation that is farthest from being POSIX compliant, missing things like named character classes like [[:space:]] within its EREs. == Reasons for gawk as a replacement == *It is the official GNU awk implementation and known to work well with the rest of the GNU userland. *It is actively maintained with the last version 5.01 shipping in June, 2019 (even if Ubuntu will obviously still ship 4.2 for Eoan). *It is mostly compliant with the POSIX standard. *Most other distributions ship it as the standard POSIX implementation, with a awk symlink. So it had security reviews already by Red Hat and others. == Possible problems with switching to gawk in time for Ubuntu 20.4 == - It might need to be MIRed by the Ubuntu security team and a review might take some time. So I filed this bug early with Eoan not yet out of the door. - It is much larger than mawk, the Ubuntu package is 1600 kB in size, while mawk is only about 190KB. Thus some might want to split out some basic functionality to save size. Like what is vim-tiny to vim. To start gawk in --traditional or --posix mode and disable the extensions at compile time might be a good start to reduce the size. See: https://www.gnu.org/software/gawk/manual/html_node/Additional- Configuration-Options.html#Additional-Configuration-Options ============================================================================= ProblemType: Bug DistroRelease: Ubuntu 19.04 Package: mawk 1.3.3-17ubuntu3 ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 5.0.0-27.28-generic 5.0.21 Uname: Linux 5.0.0-27-generic x86_64 ApportVersion: 2.20.10-0ubuntu27.1 Architecture: amd64 CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME Date: Tue Aug 27 20:12:11 2019 Dependencies: gcc-9-base 9.1.0-2ubuntu2~19.04 libc6 2.29-0ubuntu2 libgcc1 1:9.1.0-2ubuntu2~19.04 libidn2-0 2.0.5-1 libunistring2 0.9.10-1ubuntu2 InstallationDate: Installed on 2018-02-23 (550 days ago) InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" - Alpha amd64 (20180214) ProcEnviron: LANGUAGE=de_AT:de PATH=(custom, no user) XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=<set> LANG=de_AT.UTF-8 SHELL=/bin/bash SourcePackage: mawk UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mawk/+bug/1841654/+subscriptions -- Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages Post to : firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp