[lsb-discuss] LSB 5.0 Beta 2

Jeff Licquia licquia at linuxfoundation.org
Sat Mar 22 04:20:27 UTC 2014

On 03/20/2014 03:14 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> http://www.linuxbase.org/betaspecs/fhs/fhs.txt
> 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.

Thanks.  I've filed this bug:


> 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.

Do you have a list?  That might be helpful.

It's possible that the UTF-8 characters are mistakes, but it's possible
they're intentional.  I would imagine UTF-8 support is something we can
assume these days if so, but I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.

> 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,

As I recall, this was an intentional change, because strictly speaking
Bourne != POSIX, and we want to indicate POSIX, not the original Bourne
syntax.  See the bug here:


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

We usually write up a changes document to go along with new specs that
highlights the important differences, and point to the bug tracker and
version control for the complete change set.  Does that work for you?
Jeff Licquia
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