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MirBSD Korn Shell

mksh is the MirBSD enhanced version of the Public Domain Korn shell (pdksh), a Bourne-compatible shell which is largely similar to the original AT&T Korn shell; mksh is the only pdksh derivate currently being actively developed. It includes bug fixes and feature improvements, in order to produce a modern, robust shell good for interactive and especially script use. mksh has UTF-8 support (in substring operations and the Emacs editing mode) and, while R39c corresponds to OpenBSD 4.6-current ksh (without GNU bash-like PS1 and fancy character classes), adheres to SUSv4 and is much more robust. The code has been cleaned up and simplified, bugs fixed, standards compliance added, and several enhancements (for extended compatibility to other modern shells – as well as a couple of its own) are available. This shell is Debian Policy 10.4 compliant and may be used as /bin/sh on Debian systems.

The mksh-static binary is a version of mksh, linked against dietlibc (if dietlibc exists for that Debian architecture), and optimised for small code size, for example for use on initrd or initramfs images, installation or rescue systems.

A sample ~/.mkshrc is included in /usr/share/doc/mksh/examples and provided as /etc/mkshrc conffile, which is sourced by another file /etc/skel/.mkshrc users are recommended to copy into their home.

Package version:39.3.20100725-1


Notes for the mksh binary package

* After installation, it is strongly recommended to copy the file
  /etc/skel/.mkshrc into your home directory to get a nicer prompt,
  pushd/popd/dirs functionality, some aliases, etc. (you can then
  customise it; reading the manual page also often helps).
  Note that /etc/skel/.mkshrc sources /etc/mkshrc (which is the


mksh (39.3.20100725-1) unstable; urgency=high

  * The “Portability?” release
  * Another new CVS snapshot:
    - [tg] More int → bool conversion
    - [tg] Fix window size not being checked during runtime
      of external programmes by not relying on SIGWINCH so
      much but instead checking before every interactive
      editing of a command line
  * High urgency because 39.3.20100721-1


This package was debianised by Thorsten Glaser <> on
Sat, 28 May 2005 22:02:17 +0000.

$MirOS: contrib/hosted/tg/deb/mksh/debian/copyright,v 1.19 2010/07/29 08:57:32 tg Exp $

It was downloaded from:
• Anonymous CVS ( mksh) on
  2010/07/29 10:30 CEST

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