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Re: feature request: more complete set -e

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: feature request: more complete set -e
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:55:25 -0400

> > echo `expr $var - 1`
> shrug. I didn't knew that either.
> I think that this is bad. expr should do some calculation. If the
> calculation fails (eg devision by zero) the return value should be non
> zero.

It depends on what you mean by `fail'.  expr certainly returns a non-zero
result for things like division by zero, but it also returns a non-zero
exit status if the result of the expression is 0.  (This is like the bash
`let' builtin and the (( ... )) compound command.)

To do otherwise would have made expr much less useful.  Idioms such as

while var=`expr $var - 1`
        echo $var

would have been impossible to express directly.


``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer

Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    chet@case.edu    http://tiswww.tis.case.edu/~chet/

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