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Re: Difference of extglob between 5.0.0(1)-release and 4.4.23(1)-release

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Difference of extglob between 5.0.0(1)-release and 4.4.23(1)-release
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 14:42:22 -0500
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On 1/13/19 8:45 AM, Ilkka Virta wrote:
> On 13.1. 14:37, Andreas Schwab wrote:
>> On Jan 13 2019, Robert Elz <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> The pattern
>>>     ./$null"$dir"/
>>> is expanded (parameter expansion) to
>>>     ./@()./
>>> which does not have a "." immediately after the / and
>>> tus cannot match any filename (incoludeing ".") which
>>> starts with a '.' character.
>> For the same reason `*.' doesn't match `.'.  Making `@()' work differently
>> from `*' would be surprising.
> However,  ?(aa).foo  matches the file  .foo  in Bash 4.4 and 5.0 (and also
> in Ksh and Zsh), so extglob already breaks the above mentioned rule.

Yes. That was part of the overhaul of this code that I referred to in
my first reply. I found that in ksh93 the extglob operators *(...) and
?(...) will match the leading dot, so I implemented it that way for

> The change in Bash 5.0 also makes  @(aa|)  different from  ?(aa) , even
> though the distinction between those two doesn't appear immediately obvious.

My guess is the difference between those two operators in ksh93 is that
the @ has to match one of the patterns where the ? can match 0 occurrences.

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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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