Shell Compilers? (Steven Atkinson)
Thu, 9 Sep 1993 06:11:32 GMT

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From: (Steven Atkinson)
Keywords: interpreter, question, comment
Organization: Department of Computer Science, The University of Queensland
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1993 06:11:32 GMT

This may be a naive question, but does anyone know if there exists a shell
compiler (ie: shell scripts as source, generating executable code)? Ideally,
I am interested in:

                        Source: Plain vanilla Bourne Shell scripts
                        Target: SunOS 4.1.x

but I am interested to know if there is such a thing as a shell compiler.

I have looked in various FAQs, and such a beast does not seem to exist.
If it is not feasible, what features of Bourne Shell scripts make them
unsuitable for compilation as opposed to interpretation?
Steven Atkinson
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Department of Computer Science FAX: + 61 7 365 1999
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[I believe that I've seen ads for shell compilers in the trade press. I'd
think that compiling shell scripts would be somewhat like compiling Lisp in
that you need to understand some of the more common commands like "test" in
order to compile code that's worth anything, and you have to be prepared to
fall back to interpretation in some cases. -John]

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