[lsb-discuss] LSB 5.0 Beta 2

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 19:14:53 UTC 2014

Jeff Licquia wrote:
> The LSB workgroup is happy to announce the availability of LSB 5.0 Beta 2.
> Please note that the specification is not yet final and changes are
> likely to be made before final release.
> We are calling for testers to test their applications and distributions
> against this release.  Please try out the beta, and report any bugs to
> the lsb-discuss mailing list or to our bug tracker.
> lsb-discuss: http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/lsb-discuss
> LSB bug tracker: https://lsbbugs.linuxfoundation.org/
> For a complete list of changes from LSB 4.1, please see the LSB
> Statistics page here:
> http://www.linuxbase.org/navigator/browse/status.php
> Look for the "5.0" entries.
> Getting LSB 5.0 Beta 2
> ----------------------
> The specification is here:
> http://www.linuxbase.org/betaspecs/
> Note that we intend to release both LSB 5.0 and the Filesystem Hierarchy
> Standard (FHS) 3.0 at the same time, so both specs listed here are relevant.


For the FHS, there is still no indication that I can find in the 
document that this is a beta.  The date still says January 28 2004. 
There is no way I can tell what has changed since FHS 2.3.  At least 
make the file name fhs-5.0-beta2.txt.

I did do a download of the text versions of the beta and version 2.3 and 
see that there are several places in the text that use utf-8 characters. 
  I'd recommend that they be changed to ascii.

The diff is 3753 lines, but by far, the majority changes are to format. 
  There needs to be a "What's New" or Changes section.

I did find a couple of relatively irrelevant changes like:

-If /bin/sh is not a true Bourne shell,
+If /bin/sh is not the POSIX compatible shell command itself,

What are the significant changes?  It would be reasonable to not only 
identify the changes, but to provide rationale for them.

   -- Bruce Dubbs

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