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Stand-alone shell

sash serves as an interactive substitute for /bin/sh, for use when /bin/sh is unusable. It's statically linked, and includes many standard utilities as builtins (type "help" at the prompt for a reference list). If you've installed sash before rendering your system unbootable, and you have some knowledge of how your system is supposed to work, you might be able to repair your system using init=/bin/sash at the boot prompt.

Some people also prefer to have sash available as the shell for a root account (perhaps an under an alternate name such as sashroot) Configuration support is included for people who want this.

Note: sash is not intended to serve as /bin/sh, and has few of the interactive features present in bash or ksh. It's designed to be simple and robust, for people who need to do emergency repair work on a system.

Also note: sash doesn't include a built-in fsck -- fsck is too big and complicated. If you need fsck, you'll have to get at least one partition or disk working well enough to run fsck. More generally, sash is but one tool of many (backups, backup recovery tools, emergency boot disks or partitions, spare parts, testing of disaster plans, etc.) to help you recover a damaged system.

Package version:3.7-12


sash for DEBIAN
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In an emergency, you can run linux (just barely) with just the linux
kernel, a boot loader (such as lilo), and /bin/sash. Use the boot loader
to start linux with the option: init=/bin/sash

For a list of built-in sash commands, type help

You may or may not be able to log in using sash on a damaged sy


SASH(1)                                                      SASH(1)

       sash - stand-alone shell with built-in commands

       sash [-c command] [-f fileName ] [-p prompt] [-q] [-a]

       The  sash  program is a stand-alone shell which is useful for
       recovering from certain types of system failures.  In particā€
       ular,  it  was  created  in order to


sash (3.7-12) unstable; urgency=low

  * Update lintian overrides for new names.

 -- Tollef Fog Heen <>  Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:34:04 +0200

sash (3.7-11) unstable; urgency=low

  * Update to dh version 8
  * Add dh_buildflags support, closes: #654909
  * Update FreeBSD build patch.  Closes: #565539

 -- Tollef Fog Heen <>  Mon, 09 Apr 2012 09:11:01 +0200

sash (3.7


These are the major changes from version 3.6 to version 3.7:

A few bugs in the dd command have been


This package was debianized by Michael Meskes <> on
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 11:05:51 +0100

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