What's New in GNU Bash 5?
The version 5 of GNU Bash has been released and packed with quite a few improvements and fixes.
- You can now skip the use of
date '+%s'with the new
EPOCHSECONDSvariable which expand the time in seconds since the Unix epoch, and
EPOCHREALTIMEwith microsecond granularity. See below examples.
waitbuiltin command can now wait for the last process substition and it also includes a
-foption to wait for the specified job or process to terminates.
BASH_ARGV0variable that expands to $0 and sets $0 on assignment.
localvar_inheritshopt option for local variables to inherits the value of a variable with the same name at the nearest preceding scope.
- Few improvement and fixes in associative arrays including
assoc_expand_onceshell option, subscripts with white spaces, etc.
globasciirangesis now the default which solve the common mistake of [a-z] vs [A-Z] matching.
- Many improvement on the
- Many regressions/bug fixes since version 4 which address some potential out-of-bounds memory errors, changes in the expansion of
$*to conform to Posix standards.
👉 For the full list of changes, check the official announcement.
⚠️ Most Linux distributions don't seem to come compiled with the new feature,
syslog_historyshell option, for disabling at runtime whether history is sent to syslog.
Examples: $EPOCHSECONDS and $EPOCHREALTIME
$ date '+%s' # Before Bash version 5 1547092066 $ echo $EPOCHSECONDS 1547092066 $ echo $EPOCHREALTIME 1547092066.749218
👉 To read more on how to manipulate and format dates in bash see the post How To Format Date and Time in Linux, macOS, and Bash?.