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Re: expression evaluation problem

From: Greg Wooledge
Subject: Re: expression evaluation problem
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2019 14:49:43 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

On Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 11:43:11AM -0700, L A Walsh wrote:
> Those aren't my variables.
> If you assign the integer attribute to a variable it isn't the same
> as when you don't.

In this case it *is*, because everything is being fed to an arithmetic
command anyway.

Simplifying the bug report as much as possible lets us avoid
confusing and unnecessary diversions.

> > The ${str:2*c:2} part is performed first, while c is still 0, and it
> > expands to "cf".
> >   
> ---
>     Why?  It isn't even necessary when 'c' is greater than 'uxtra'

Because that's how bash works.


       The expression is treated as if it were within  double  quotes,  but  a
       double  quote inside the parentheses is not treated specially.  All to‐
       kens in the expression undergo parameter and variable  expansion,  com‐
       mand  substitution,  and  quote  removal.  The result is treated as the
       arithmetic expression to be evaluated.  Arithmetic  expansions  may  be

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