Is there a specific reason why dash and mawk isn't supported?

Erik Blomqvist erikblomqvist3 at gmail.com
Thu May 5 13:19:58 PDT 2011


Hi,

I hope this is the right mailing list for this question. If nothing else you
seem to be the right people to ask.

Considering that dash and mawk are smaller and faster than bash and gawk I
was a bit surprised to find that LFS doesn't support them. Even Ubuntu, that
is a huge distribution by comparison, uses those packages because they
provide better performance. Considering that one of the reasons for building
your own linux system is to get better performance, it would make sense to
use the best performing packages. So why doesn't LFS use or at least support
these packages?

I'm specifically interested in knowing if there are any technical reasons
for not supporting these packages, e.g. package x doesn't work with
dash/mawk. If it's just for historical reasons, maybe it's time to
reconsider?

Thanks,
Erik Blomqvist
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