MirOS Manual: lksh(1)

LKSH(1)                      BSD Reference Manual                      LKSH(1)

NAME

     lksh - Legacy Korn shell built on mksh

SYNOPSIS

     lksh [-+abCefhiklmnprUuvXx] [-+o opt] [-c string | -s | file [args ...]]

DESCRIPTION

     lksh is a command interpreter intended exclusively for running legacy
     shell scripts. It is built on mksh; refer to its manual page for details
     on the scripting language. It is recommended to port scripts to mksh in-
     stead of relying on legacy or objectionable POSIX-mandated behaviour,
     since the MirBSD Korn Shell scripting language is much more consistent.

     Do not use lksh as an interactive or login shell; use mksh instead.

     Note that it's strongly recommended to invoke lksh with -o posix to fully
     enjoy better compatibility to the POSIX standard (which is probably why
     you use lksh over mksh in the first place); -o sh (possibly additionally
     to the above) may be needed for some legacy scripts.

LEGACY MODE

     lksh currently has the following differences from mksh:

     •   The KSH_VERSION string identifies lksh as "LEGACY KSH" instead of
         "MIRBSD KSH". Note that the rest of the version string is identical
         between the two shell flavours, and the behaviour and differences can
         change between versions; see the accompanying manual page mksh(1) for
         the versions this document applies to.

     •   lksh uses POSIX arithmetic, which has quite a few implications: The
         data type for arithmetic operations is the host ISO C long data type.
         Signed integer wraparound is Undefined Behaviour; this means that...

               $ echo $((2147483647 + 1))

         ... is permitted to, e.g. delete all files on your system (the figure
         differs for non-32-bit systems, the rule doesn't). The sign of the
         result of a modulo operation with at least one negative operand is
         unspecified. Shift operations on negative numbers are unspecified.
         Division of the largest negative number by -1 is Undefined Behaviour.
         The compiler is permitted to delete all data and crash the system if
         Undefined Behaviour occurs (see above for an example).

     •   The rotation arithmetic operators are not available.

     •   The shift arithmetic operators take all bits of the second operand
         into account; if they exceed permitted precision, the result is un-
         specified.

     •   Unless set -o posix is active, lksh always uses traditional mode for
         constructs like:

               $ set -- $(getopt ab:c "$@")
               $ echo $?

         POSIX mandates this to show 0, but traditional mode passes through
         the errorlevel from the getopt(1) command.

     •   Functions defined with the function reserved word share the shell op-
         tions (set -o) instead of locally scoping them.

SEE ALSO

     mksh(1)

     http://www.mirbsd.org/mksh.htm

     http://www.mirbsd.org/ksh-chan.htm

CAVEATS

     To use lksh as /bin/sh, compilation to enable set -o posix by default if
     called as sh (adding -DMKSH_BINSHPOSIX to CPPFLAGS) is highly recommended
     for better standards compliance.

     For better compatibility with legacy scripts, such as many Debian main-
     tainer scripts, Upstart and SYSV init scripts, and other unfixed scripts,
     also adding the -DMKSH_BINSHREDUCED compile-time option to enable both
     set -o posix -o sh when the shell is run as sh, as well as integrating
     the optional disrecommended printf(1) builtin, might be necessary.

     lksh tries to make a cross between a legacy bourne/posix compatibl-ish
     shell and a legacy pdksh-alike but "legacy" is not exactly specified.

     Talk to the MirOS development team using the mailing list at
     <miros-mksh@mirbsd.org> or the #!/bin/mksh (or #ksh) IRC channel at
     irc.freenode.net (Port 6697 SSL, 6667 unencrypted) if you need any furth-
     er quirks or assistance, and consider migrating your legacy scripts to
     work with mksh instead of requiring lksh.

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