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Re: Unset array doesn't work

From: don fong
Subject: Re: Unset array doesn't work
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:35:18 -0800

seems like it would be helpful to explain this behavior more clearly in the
man page.

On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 12:14 PM, Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:

> On 2/28/18 3:00 PM, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> > Does unset create some kind of "placeholder" in the current function
> > (but not in a caller)?
> Yes, that's what I said. In the current scope, unset arranges for the
> variable to appear unset. In a previous scope, unset just removes the
> variable, which uncovers an instance of the variable at a (further)
> previous scope.
> It looks like I added that code in 1995. The code before that was "pure"
> dynamic scoping, in the sense that it just removed the variable and
> `uncovered' a previous scope's value no matter where the variable was
> declared. It seems like I added the special case for several reasons,
> but there's no indication of widespread user complaint about the behavior
> of `unset'. (Of course, that was a long time ago.)
> --
> ``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
>                  ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
> Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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