Re: using bash features in init scripts

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On Sunday, Sep 28th 2003 at 14:31 +0100, quoth Manoj Kumar:

=>Is there any reason not to use bash features in init
=>Consider, for example, this fragment from
=>    DEVICETYPE=`echo $DEVICE | sed "s/[0-9]*$//"`
=>    REALDEVICE=`echo $DEVICE | sed 's/:.*//g'`
=>    if echo $DEVICE | grep -q ':' ; then
=>        ISALIAS=yes
=>    else
=>        ISALIAS=no
=>    fi
=>In bash we can do this much faster with something like
=>    while [[ $DEVICETYPE == *[0-9] ]]; do
=>        DEVICETYPE=${DEVICETYPE%[0-9]}
=>    done
=>    if [[ $DEVICE == *:* ]]; then
=>        ISALIAS=yes
=>    else
=>        ISALIAS=no
=>    fi
=>Okay, the loop that replaces the first line is messy, but it saves a
=>couple of forks and an exec.  The other two changes are both simpler and
=>So why do most init scripts use sed and grep to process strings?  It
=>can't be a desire to allow them to work with the Bourne shell (why would
=>we want that anyway?) because some scripts do use bash features.

You have my blessing. 

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