5.27. Bash-3.0

The Bash package contains the Bourne-Again SHell.

Approximate build time: 1.2 SBU
Required disk space: 20.7 MB
Installation depends on: Binutils, Coreutils, Diffutils, Gawk, GCC, Glibc, Grep, Make, Ncurses, and Sed.

5.27.1. Installation of Bash

Bash has a problem when compiled against newer versions of Glibc, causing it to hang inappropriately. This patch fixes the problem:

patch -Np1 -i ../bash-3.0-avoid_WCONTINUED-1.patch

Prepare Bash for compilation:

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

The meaning of the configure options:


This options 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:


To test the results, issue: 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 6.37.2, “Contents of Bash.”