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Intended MBF: maintainer scripts not using strict mode




Hi,

we currently have in sid 84 maintainer scripts not using strict mode.
That is, they neither start on "#!/bin/[ba]sh -e", nor do a "set -e".
The list is attached. This list includes the 12 remaining scripts not
starting on #! (bugs are already filed for these).

Policy says in Section 10.4:

 Shell scripts (sh and bash) other than init.d scripts should almost
 certainly start with set -e so that errors are detected.
 [..]
 Every script should use set -e or check the exit status of every
 command.

I had a cursory look over the listed maintainer scripts, and did not
find any that does a careful checking of exit statuses. Though some
of them are quite trivial, or even sometimes empty. It looks to me
as not using strict mode in these cases is an oversight, and I would
like to file bugs for these.

What is your opinion? Policy says "should", not "must". If you agree
with the MBF, what do you think would be the appropriate severity?

-Ralf.
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