ANNOUNCE: Release 4 of the DJGPP port of GNU Bash 4.1.17.

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Juan Manuel Guerrero ( [via]

Jun 7, 2022, 7:43:40 PM6/7/22
This is a port of GNU Bash 4.1.17 to MSDOS/DJGPP.

Bash is the GNU Project's Bourne Again SHell, a complete
implementation of the POSIX.2 shell spec, but also with interactive
command line editing, job control on architectures that support it,
csh-like features such as history substitution and brace expansion,
and a slew of other features.

DJGPP specific changes.

- This new release fixes a crash related to the double freeing of
certain tables used when sub-shells were executed. Apart from this
change, the port has been compiled using a newly compiled libc
version from the CVS repository where the nmalloc code used in
djdev205 has been replaced by original malloc code used in djdev203.

- This port is based on the last port of bash to DJGPP (aka

- There may exist much more DOS specific bugs in this port that have
still not been discovered and they will be fixed as they appeare.

- The port has been configured and compiled on WinXP SP3, Win98SE,
MS-DOS 7.10 using DOSLFN 0.41f and MS-DOS 6.22 using DOSLFN 0.41f.
There is no guarantee that this may be possible with any other DOS-
like OS. Due to the use of long file names it will not be possible
to configure and compile without LFN support. The port has been
compiled using gcc346 and bnu2351b.

- To be able to build this port you may need to have LFN support.

- If NLS support is wanted, then the sources must be reconfigured
passing the nls option to config.bat.

As usual, all djgpp specific files (diffs, README files, etc.) are
stored in the "djgpp" directory. The sources have been configured to
be build in the "0build" directory. If for some reason it does not
work for you, delete its contents and configure from scratch again.

Please read the docs to become familiar with this product.

Here is an extract of the NEWS file showing the user visible changes
from the last port (GNU Bash 2.05b) to this one:



The port consists of the usual three packages that have been produced
using djdev205 (CVS repository code) and can be downloaded from and mirrors as (time stamp 2022-06-06):

GNU Bash 4.1.17 binary, info and man format documentation:

GNU Bash 4.1.17 dvi, html, pdf and ps format documentation:

GNU Bash 4.1.17 source:

Send GNU Bash specific bug reports to <>.
Send suggestions and bug reports concerning the DJGPP port
to comp.os.msdos.djgpp or <>.


Guerrero, Juan Manuel <>

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