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Re: AS_CASE vs case/esac

From: NightStrike
Subject: Re: AS_CASE vs case/esac
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:07:31 -0400

On 3/13/08, Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> wrote:
> * NightStrike wrote on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 09:20:06PM CET:
> > Should AS_CASE 
> > (
> > always be used instead of case/esac inside, some local
> > package m4 script, or AC_DEFUN macros?
> Most of the time that is purely an aesthetic question.
> It however matters if, inside AS_CASE arguments, you put
> AC_DEFUN'ed macros which themselves AC_REQUIRE other macros.
> They will then be expanded outside of the AS_CASE construct.
> Example:
> AC_DEFUN([FOO], [echo foo])
>                 echo bar])
> x=zork
> AS_CASE([$x], [y*], [BAR])
> will print 'foo' because FOO will be expanded outside of the AS_CASE.
> Note that with AS_IF of Autoconf's 2.61 and newer, the same holds
> (before 2.61, AS_IF was not m4_defun'ed, only m4_define'd, so the
> expansion of required macros was not pushed outside of it).

I'm trying to follow this logic, but I'm not putting it together in my
head.  Why isn't the result nothing?  I would think (probably
incorrectly) that the AS_CASE becomes this:

case $x in
    echo foo;
    echo bar;

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