Updated: dash-0.5.8-2

Eric Blake (cygwin) ebb9@byu.net
Tue Sep 30 22:34:00 GMT 2014

A new release of dash, 0.5.8-2, has been uploaded and will soon reach a
mirror near you; leaving the previous version at 0.5.7-1 on 32-bit and
0.5.7-4 on 64-bit.  (0.5.8-1 appeared briefly on mirrors, but had a
compilation flaw on my end that caused it to lack debuginfo)

This is a new upstream release; among other things, it teaches dash to
behave sanely in the presence of non-identifier names in the environment
(all the more relevant given the recent bash ShellShock fixes putting
such names in the environment).  This is my first build for 64-bit
cygwin (thanks to others for helping bootstrap the initial 64-bit
environment), and is also the first build with a separated debuginfo
package.  For now, there are no immediate plans of replacing /bin/sh
with dash, but the possibility remains for the future.

See also the upstream documentation in /usr/share/doc/dash/.


DASH is a POSIX-compliant implementation of /bin/sh that aims to be as
small as possible. It does this without sacrificing speed where
possible. In fact, it is significantly faster than bash (the GNU
Bourne-Again SHell) for most tasks.

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system. Save it and run setup, answer the questions and pick up
'diffutils' in the 'Base' or 'Shells' category (it should already be
automatically selected).  Be sure that you do not have any cygwin
programs running during the upgrade.

Note that downloads from cygwin.com aren't allowed due to bandwidth
limitations.  This means that you will need to find a mirror which has
this update, please choose the one nearest to you:

If you want to make a point or ask a question the Cygwin mailing list is
the appropriate place.

Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin dash package maintainer

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