[Bug 1494] doesn't look on path for $SHELL

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Damien Miller <djm at mindrot.org> changed:

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--- Comment #2 from Damien Miller <djm at mindrot.org>  2009-01-21 20:26:23 ---
This is because of this commit to sshconnect.c:

> revision 1.201
> date: 2007/08/23 03:23:26;  author: djm;  state: Exp;  lines: +6 -3
> Execute ProxyCommands with $SHELL rather than /bin/sh unconditionally

We started using $SHELL to avoid ssh ProxyCommand support being a way
out of restricted shells like rbash. I'm not sure what the implications
of changing the execution to execlp() would be, but I think the
assertion that this behaviour is somehow supported by POSIX to be in

My copy of Single Unix Specification states:

>     This variable shall represent a pathname of the user's
>     preferred command language interpreter. [...]

Its definition of "pathname":

> A character string that is used to identify a file. 
> [...]
> Note:
>     Pathname Resolution is defined in detail in _Pathname Resolution_.

I'd say that a non-absolute pathname for $SHELL clearly does not
"identify a file" unless one happens to be in the same directory as the
shell itself and the "Pathname Resolution" section doesn't specify that
pathnames be resolved using $PATH.

Depending on $SHELL to be resolved by $PATH is at best
implementation-defined, and IMO probably only works by accident.

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