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bug#26161: 25.1; `eshell-exit-success-p' determines that Lisp commands a

From: George D. Plymale
Subject: bug#26161: 25.1; `eshell-exit-success-p' determines that Lisp commands are successful if they return non-nil
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:12:41 -0400


I believe that it is sub-optimal behavior for `eshell-exit-success-p' to
determine that Lisp commands are successful by checking whether or not
they return a non-nil value. A demonstration of why this behavior can be
considered problematic is found in a command like this: `$ cd .. && pwd'

Such a command will not execute its second part (which is `pwd') because
`eshell/cd' returns a nil value whether it's successful or not. This
behavior is a bit confusing for someone who expects common shell
operators such as `&&' to "just work."

A better solution would be to check whether the last command threw an
actual error.


- George Plymale II

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