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Feature request: save/restore BASH_REMATCH across debug hook calls

From: Rocky Bernstein
Subject: Feature request: save/restore BASH_REMATCH across debug hook calls
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:34:06 -0400

Current in bash 5.0 and earlier, the value of BASH_REMATCH might chanted
inside a debug hook.

Since BASH_REMATCH is read-only, resetting the value on hook return to the
debugged program is a bit tricky and fragile...

There are way to change a  bash readonly variable but that involve using
either gdb or having a custom plugin. See

The way that bashdb currently resets BASH_REMATCH is to reissue the command
that caused the value to get initially set. That is fragile since this set
on exit between stepping from the time BASH_REMATCH was set until the time
it is last used. In between variables used in the regular expression may
have changed.

Here is the code bashdb currently uses
https://sourceforge.net/p/bashdb/code/ci/bash-5.0/tree/lib/hook.sh#l105 for
saving the value

   if (( ${#BASH_REMATCH[@]} > 0 )) && [[ "${_Dbg_bash_rematch[@]}" !=
"${BASH_REMATCH[@]}" ]]; then
        # Save a copy of the command string to be able to run to
restore read-only
        # variable BASH_REMATCH
        _Dbg_last_rematch_args=( "$@" )
        unset _Dbg_last_rematch_args[0]
    elif ((!${#BASH_REMATCH[@]} && ${#_Dbg_bash_rematch[@]})); then

Restoring it is just as tricky. As I hope you see all of this is a bit fragile.

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