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Re: issues in bash found while creating command result display


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: issues in bash found while creating command result display
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:57:49 -0400
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On 4/14/19 9:40 PM, Paul Wise wrote:

>> The tool you have is the exit status of the last command.
>> From that perspective, there's no difference.
> 
> From the perspective of the user of a shell prompt there is a difference.

I've been thinking about this. The user at a shell prompt is the only one
who knows exactly what has happened. He knows whether or not the last
command contained a syntax error: he's seen the error message. She is the
only one who knows whether or not she typed ^C, or ^C^C, or ^C RET. He
knows whether or not he suspended the last running job. Why take so much
effort to (imperfectly) figure out and display things you already know?

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                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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