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Why would they touch GPLv3 code when perfectly good BSD tools available from FreeBSD?

If you're being serious here: bash is IMO the most glaringly old utility you get in an OSX install, and it's GPLv3.

There's more to a userland than the shell, and there are plenty of shells out there that are not encumbered by GPLv3.

Actually bash 3.2 is GPL v2.0. Later versions switched to GPL v3 and this is why Apple is not updating to newer version.

Give it a few more years and there will be no one left at Apple that has any clue what bash is.

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