Updated: dash-0.5.8-3

Eric Blake (cygwin) eblake@redhat.com
Mon Oct 27 23:40:00 GMT 2014

A new release of dash, 0.5.8-3, has been uploaded and will soon reach a
mirror near you; replacing 0.5.8-2, and leaving the previous version at
0.5.7-1 on 32-bit and 0.5.7-4 on 64-bit.

This is a minor patch release; it incorporates a new cygwin-specific
patch that was accepted into upstream dash.git that allows 'cd c:' to
change directories to '/cygdrive/c' (or however your mount options spell
it) instead of complaining that './c:' doesn't exist.  Of course, you're
still better off using POSIX-y paths to begin with instead of relying on
drive letters, but as this had been requested on the cygwin list in the
past and was a simple enough patch that upstream took it, I don't mind
backporting it now rather than waiting for the next upstream release.

For now, there are no immediate plans of replacing /bin/sh
with dash, but the possibility remains for the future.

See also the upstream documentation in /usr/share/doc/dash/.


DASH is a POSIX-compliant implementation of /bin/sh that aims to be as
small as possible. It does this without sacrificing speed where
possible. In fact, it is significantly faster than bash (the GNU
Bourne-Again SHell) for most tasks.

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system. Save it and run setup, answer the questions and pick up
'diffutils' in the 'Base' or 'Shells' category (it should already be
automatically selected).  Be sure that you do not have any cygwin
programs running during the upgrade.

Note that downloads from cygwin.com aren't allowed due to bandwidth
limitations.  This means that you will need to find a mirror which has
this update, please choose the one nearest to you:

If you want to make a point or ask a question the Cygwin mailing list is
the appropriate place.

Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin dash package maintainer

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