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Re: bash doesn't display tabs for tabs -- ignores tabstops.

From: Linda Walsh
Subject: Re: bash doesn't display tabs for tabs -- ignores tabstops.
Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 00:23:50 -0700
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Chet Ramey wrote:
> On 4/25/13 8:45 AM, Greg Wooledge wrote:
>> If you think Bash is misbehaving, submit a patch, or wait for Chet to
>> comment on one of these threads.
> I don't plan to comment or make any changes.  The demand for this feature
> seems vanishingly small.
        It's called consistency in your code.  The lack of which
is usually considered poor programming and/or a poor API.

        The fact that it uses raw tabs in some places in Bashes code
for output, but doesn't use them in other is arbitrarily doing what you
please with the user's input.  Is that an appropriate feature for you
to have in the current bash?

        If it isn't documented, I'd say I wasn't requesting a feature,
but a bug fix.

Bash relies on tabs being set to expand its output.
To disallow the user the right to rely on tabs being expanded by
their terminal is hypocritical at best.

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