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bug#20130: GNU test behaviour

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#20130: GNU test behaviour
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:27:02 -0700
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On 03/17/2015 02:23 PM, Robson Júnior wrote:
`test -e` with no filename being passed to. It returns 0, although it should be 1.

No, 'test -e' should exit with status 0, because '-e' is a nonempty string. In general, 'test X' exits with status 0 if and only if X is nonempty. POSIX requires this behavior; see:


and search for "1 argument".

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