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2010-10-31 Chet Ramey Early Bash Dates

2010-10-31 Chet Ramey Early Bash Dates

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Chet Ramey's comments on the early release history of the GNU bash shell, including remarks on the transition of responsibility for principal maintenance to Ramey from the original author, Brian Fox. Uploaded with permission for use in scholarly citations.
Chet Ramey's comments on the early release history of the GNU bash shell, including remarks on the transition of responsibility for principal maintenance to Ramey from the original author, Brian Fox. Uploaded with permission for use in scholarly citations.

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Date:
 
Sun,
 
31
 
Oct
 
2010
 
15:45:38
0400
 
From:
 
Chet
 
Ramey
 
<chet.ramey@case.edu>
 
Reply
To:
 
chet.ramey@case.edu
 
Organization:
 
ITS,
 
Case
 
Western
 
Reserve
 
University
 
To:
 
Pesky
 
Rabbit
 
<peskyrabbit@gmail.com>
 
CC:
 
chet.ramey@case.edu
 
Subject:
 
Re:
 
Dates
 
in
 
your
 
Computerworld
 
interview
 
On
 
10/29/10
 
9:32
 
PM,
 
Pesky
 
Rabbit
 
wrote:
 
>
 
In
 
your
 
Computerworld
 
interview
 
>
 
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/222764/a
z_programming_languages_bash_bourne
again_shell/?fp=16&fpid=1>
 
>
 
in
 
May
 
2008,
 
the
 
reporter
 
states,
 
"Bash,
 
or
 
the
 
Bourne
Again
 
Shell
 
is
 
a
 
>
 
Unix
 
shell
 
created
 
in
 
1987
 
by
 
Brian
 
Fox.
 
...
 
In
 
1990,
 
Chet
 
Ramey,
 
Manager
 
>
 
of 
 
the
 
Network
 
Engineering
 
and
 
Security
 
Group
 
in
 
Technology
 
Infrastructure
 
>
 
Services
 
at
 
Case
 
Western
 
Reserve
 
University,
 
became
 
the
 
primary
 
maintainer
 
>
 
of 
 
the
 
language."
 
>
 
>
 
These
 
dates
 
are
 
both
 
clearly
 
wrong.
 
Brian
 
Fox
 
didn't
 
announce
 
the
 
first
 
>
 
beta
 
for
 
bash
 
until
 
Jun
 
7,
 
1989
 
>
 
<http://groups.google.com/group/gnu.announce/msg/a509f48ffb298c35?hl=en&pli=1>.
 
Actually,
 
that
 
date
 
is
 
pretty
 
much
 
on
 
the
 
mark.
 
Brian
 
started
 
work
 
on
 
bash
 
in
 
late
 
1987,
 
and
 
started
 
writing
 
code
 
in
 
early
 
1988.
 
The
 
copyrights
 
on
 
all
 
the
 
bash
 
source
 
files
 
date
 
from
 
1987.
 
The
 
bash
 
that
 
was
 
released
 
for
 
beta
 
testing
 
was
 
already
 
a
 
substantial,
 
sophisticated
 
product,
 
complete
 
with
 
 job
 
control
 
and
 
command
 
line
 
editing,
 
and
 
that
 
took
 
time.
 
I
 
was
 
already
 
involved
 
at
 
that
 
point,
 
and
 
can
 
attest
 
to
 
it.
 
You
 
seem
 
to
 
expect
 
that
 
it
 
sprang
 
fully
formed
 
from
 
Brian's
 
keyboard
 
ready
 
to
 
release
 
for
 
testing
 
within
 
a
 
few
 
weeks
 
or
 
months
 
after
 
he
 
began.
 
>
 
And
 
he
 
remained
 
the
 
principal
 
maintainer
 
into
 
at
 
least
 
early
 
1993
 
>
 
<http://groups.google.com/group/gnu.misc.discuss/msg/4f42c739cd7e8bd8>.
 
The
 
story,
 
like
 
so
 
many
 
other
 
things,
 
is
 
a
 
little
 
more
 
complicated.
 
Brian
 
released
 
bash
1.12
 
in
 
February,
 
1992.
 
He
 
never
 
released
 
another.
 
Though
 
he
 
remained
 
the
 
nominal
 
maintainer,
 
Brian
 
was
 
laid
 
off 
 
by
 
the
 
FSF
 
and
 
effectively
 
stopped
 
working
 
on
 
bash
 
by
 
mid
1992.
 
I
 
continued
 
to
 
answer
 
questions
 
and
 
produce
 
bug
 
fixes
 
for
 
bash
1.12.
 
I
 
was
 
working
 
on
 
my
 
own
 
releases
 
of 
 
bash
 
by
 
that
 
time,
 
and
 
made
 
several
 
on
 
my
 
own.
 
The
 
first
 
widespread
 
public
 
one
 
was
 
bash
1.13
cwru
 
in
 
August,
 
1993.
 
In
 
August,
 
Brian
 
and
 
I
 
started
 
discussing
 
transitioning
 
maintenance
 
to
 
me.
 
By
 
later
 
that
 
year,
 
the
cwru
 
suffix
 
had
 
been
 
dropped
 
and
 
the
 
bash
1.13.4
 
release
 
was
 
the
 
official
 
one
 
available
 
from
 
prep.
 
At
 
that
 
point,
 
around
 
November,
 
1993,
 
I
 
was
 
the
 
de
 
facto
 
maintainer.
 
By
 
the
 
time
 
bash
1.14
 
was
 
released
 
in
 
June,
 
1994,
 
I
 
was
 
the
 
official
 
maintainer.
 
>
 
When
 
did
 
you
 
actually
 
become
 
the
 
primary
 
maintainer
 
for
 
bash
 
and
 
is
 
there
 
>
 
anything
 
online
 
that
 
might
 
be
 
used
 
as
 
a
 
citation?
 
You
 
can
 
search
 
for
 
things
 
like
 
"bash
 
1.12
 
release"
 
and
 
"bash
 
1.13
 
release"
 
on
 
google
 
groups
 
for
 
contemporary
 
postings.
 
On
 
the
 
off 
 
chance
 
you're
 

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