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Re: test '-v' - associative vs. normal array discrepancy - a bug ?

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: test '-v' - associative vs. normal array discrepancy - a bug ?
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:55:07 -0500
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On 11/21/14 4:43 PM, Greg Wooledge wrote:

> OK, right off the bat, you are using an undocumented HACK:
> function filter {
>       local REF="$1[@]" X 
> I don't remember whether we ever got official word from Chet on whether
> this syntax would continue to be supported in the future.  It seems to
> me more of an accidental misfeature that people have latched onto because
> there is no other way to get things done.  (Besides eval.)
> The fact that one must use this undocumented hack (which may or may not
> magically vanish the next time Chet tightens up the grammar) in order
> to retrieve values from an array whose name is passed as an argument is
> already one strike against it.

Wow, that's a pretty tendentious argument.  That syntax has been accepted
since I implemented arrays, ksh93 and other shells that implement arrays
accept it, I explicitly made it supported for compatibility, and I
recommended its use earlier this week.  I don't think it will be going

(And it has nothing to do with the shell grammar.)

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    chet@case.edu    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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