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Re: inconsistency with "readonly" and scope

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: inconsistency with "readonly" and scope
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:33:43 -0400
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On 4/11/12 2:50 PM, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> "declare" when used in a function acts like "local", and creates a variable
> with scope local to that function.  So does "declare -r".  But "readonly",
> which is otherwise the same as "declare -r", creates variables with global
> scope.
> Is this intended?

Yes.  `readonly' is part of Posix, and behaves as Posix specifies.
`declare' is not, and can do what it likes.

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