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Re: >/dev/stderr broken in /bin/sh?, makewhatis unhappy, & apropos confused, or just me?


A couple of points to note:
1) In Cygwin, /bin/sh != bash.  /bin/sh == ash, and it doesn't support
   bash'isms like /dev/stderr.  Use >&2 and >&1 in /bin/sh.
2) While it's acceptable to have a space in your home directory name or
   the value of $TMP/$TEMP, some scripts cannot handle it (because they're
   missing proper quoting).  My guess is that 'makewhatis' is one such...

Don't know about the apropos bit...

On Sun, 9 Mar 2003, linda w (cyg) wrote:

> I normally use bash and this works in bash:
> echo "hello stderr" >/dev/stderr
> echo "hello stdout" >/dev/stdout
> But in /bin/sh:
> $ echo hello stderr >/dev/stderr
> cannot create /dev/stderr: directory nonexistent
> $ echo hello stdout >/dev/stdout
> cannot create /dev/stdout: directory nonexistent
> $
> ---
>         I'm guessing this isn't supposed to work this way?
>         "makewhatis -v" doesn't like seem to like it:
> law> makewhatis -v
> /usr/sbin/makewhatis: cannot create /dev/stderr: directory nonexistent
>         I invoked the -v when a simple "makewhatis" yielded
> "cd: can't cd to /cygdrive/c/Documents"
>         Apropos is a little confused about one of it's lines.
> Does anyone else get garbage on this:
> apropos options|wc -l|grep "^SYN"
> "wc" gives this:
> law> apropos options|grep "^SYN"|wc
>       1    2332   13924
> That's one heck of a long line.  Do I just have some junk somewhere?
> I could attach it, but I don't want to unnecessarily send all that
> junk out if it's easily reproducible.
> linda

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