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Re: Shopt ignored in process substitutions

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Shopt ignored in process substitutions
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:45:04 -0500
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On 1/28/15 4:48 AM, Nikolai Kondrashov wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I've noticed a change in Bash 4.3.30 and 4.3.33, compared to 4.2.53, which
> looks like a bug.

It's not.

> With the older versions this:
>     bash -c 'cat < <(shopt -s extglob'$'\n''echo !(*))'
> would output this:
>     !(*)
> which is fine.
> However, the newer versions would fail like this:
>     bash: command substitution: line 2: syntax error near unexpected token `('
>     bash: command substitution: line 2: `echo !(*))'
> Is this intended? If not, can this be fixed?

As of bash-4.3.23, process substitutions are parsed by the parent shell in
order to correctly find the closing `)', just like command substitutions.
Read the thread beginning at


for a discussion of the problem.

Since the construct is parsed before being executed, extglob is not
enabled during parsing.  This is a problem similar to enabling extglob
in shell functions.

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