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M4sh, pronounced "mash", is aiming at producing portable Bourne shell scripts. This name was coined by Lars J. Aas, who notes that, according to the Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913):
Mash \Mash\, n. [Akin to G. meisch, maisch, meische, maische, mash, wash, and prob. to AS. miscian to mix. See "Mix".]
- A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure....
- A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.
- A mess; trouble. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
For the time being, it is not mature enough to be widely used.
M4sh provides portable alternatives for some common shell constructs that unfortunately are not portable in practice.
mkdirthat lack support for the `-p' option.
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