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5.15. Bash-4.1

The Bash package contains the Bourne-Again SHell.

Approximate build time: 0.5 SBU
Required disk space: 35 MB

5.15.1. Installation of Bash

Apply a patch that fixes several bugs reported and fixed by the upstream Bash maintainer:

patch -Np1 -i ../bash-4.1-fixes-2.patch

Prepare Bash for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/tools --without-bash-malloc

The meaning of the configure options:


This option turns off the use of Bash's memory allocation (malloc) function which is known to cause segmentation faults. By turning this option off, Bash will use the malloc functions from Glibc which are more stable.

Compile the package:


Compilation is now complete. As discussed earlier, running the test suite is not mandatory for the temporary tools here in this chapter. To run the Bash test suite anyway, issue the following command:

make tests

Install the package:

make install

Make a link for the programs that use sh for a shell:

ln -vs bash /tools/bin/sh

Details on this package are located in Section 6.29.2, “Contents of Bash.”