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Re: Bug in [ -d ... ] ?

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Bug in [ -d ... ] ?
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:09:56 -0400
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On 11/2/17 7:03 AM, Michael F Gordon wrote:
> Can anyone explain the following?
> tla19> set|grep FOOFOOFOO
> tla19> if [ -d ${FOOFOOFOO:=""} ]; then echo YES;fi
> tla19> echo $BASH_VERSION 
> 4.4.12(1)-release

Greg is correct. This expands to [ -d ], which is true.  There was an
expansion bug in bash-4.1 that caused ${FOOFOOFOO:=""} to expand to the
empty string, but that was fixed almost eight years ago as the result of

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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    chet@case.edu    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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