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Re: Functions that update themselves

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Functions that update themselves
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2019 15:59:58 -0400
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On 6/3/19 10:46 AM, konsolebox wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 9:26 PM Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:
>> It's not disallowed. Since a function definition is a compound command,
>> and all functions are global, I don't see why it shouldn't.
> What I worry about is the way an executable part of the function can
> be freed while the function is being redefined or unset that it may
> cause faults because the code is still being executed.  Bash doesn't
> document its strategy for freeing up function code so whether it's
> safe or not is currently ambiguous.  Perhaps having one last line of
> code to execute after a function is redefined is currently safe, but
> it would be nice if it gets affirmed that it's intended to be.

The function body gets copied before being executed, so the flags and
commands can be modified, just like any other command. I don't see this
ever changing. That's an implementation detail, though.

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

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