5.14. Bash-3.1

The Bash package contains the Bourne-Again SHell.

Approximate build time: 0.4 SBU
Required disk space: 22 MB

5.14.1. Installation of Bash

Upstream developers have fixed several issues since the initial release of Bash-3.1. Apply those fixes:

patch -Np1 -i ../bash-3.1-fixes-8.patch

Prepare Bash for compilation:

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

The meaning of the configure option:


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:


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 6.27.2, “Contents of Bash.”