Shell files in `/bin` can be made executable

Magnus Ihse Bursie magnus.ihse.bursie at
Tue Nov 23 15:04:39 UTC 2021

On 2021-11-23 15:59, Japris Pogrammer wrote:
> Currently [1] shell scripts in /bin directory seem to be missing x
> modifier. I guess that it should be added to them in order to improve their
> usage experience a bit.
> Is this assumption right?
> If yes, then I am ready to propose a simple fix for this [2].
Traditionally, we have not allowed the execute bit in OpenJDK 
repositories, out of security concerns.

I'm not really sure how much that actually is a valid argument (everyone 
is just doing "bash ./bin/") and it complicates building 
somewhat (the standard "./configure" do not work, but "bash configure" 
is needed instead).

I have not seen this practice written down anywhere, but since it's 
actually been in effect for so long, it will require a discussion to 
change it.

To clarify; I am in favor of dropping that limitation, and I'd like to 
see some good arguments for why we should keep it.


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