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Re: Unexpected behavior of single quotes when used in the patsub PE.

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Unexpected behavior of single quotes when used in the patsub PE.
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:33:38 -0400
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On 3/21/13 1:38 AM, Eduardo A. Bustamante López wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 09:15:24PM -0400, Chet Ramey wrote:
>> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-bash/2012-02/msg00106.html
> Ah, I rembember that thread, but somehow just read the beginning of
> it. Until now I realize it developed a lot further.

Here's the Posix summary:

    The golden rule in quote removal is that if a quote character was
    treated as special in the original word, it is removed; if it was
    treated as a literal character, it is not removed.

>> You say that, but you don't provide any actual evidence to back is up.
>> The behavior with this expansion was the same from bash-3.1 (as far back
>> as I went) through bash-4.2.
> I'm sorry, I meant the change from 4.2 -> 4.3 (don't know the exact
> patch level)

Well, since all we have is a development snapshot of bash-4.3 (alpha will
be done in a few days), don't you think it's a little premature?  In any
event, I would not make a change like this in a patch to a version like
bash-4.2.  It's explicitly not backwards compatible, and I try to save
those for releases.

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