bash suddenly doesn't like $() syntax

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Sat Mar 21 09:29:53 PDT 2009

"Daniel Bye" <danielby at> writes:

> On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 08:49:01AM -0400, Michael P. Soulier wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm running the shells/bash port on 6.3, and I recently ran a portupgrade. All
>> of a sudden when I login, my standard .profile and .bashrc are causing a bunch
>> of error messages, like so
>> -bash: command substitution: line 39: syntax error near unexpected token `)'
>> -bash: command substitution: line 39: `    }")'
>> It would see that bash no longer likes the $() command substitution syntax.
>> Does that mean that it's defaulting to some sort of posix compatibility mode
>> now? 
> It's a bug in bash 4. It was discussed here a few days ago. I would
> deinstall v.4 and install shells/bash3 until the bug's fixed.

Which happened a week ago.

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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