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Re: functions whose name begins with a '-' are treated inconsistently


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: functions whose name begins with a '-' are treated inconsistently
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 08:46:24 -0500

> Bash Version: 2.05a
> Patch Level: 0
> Release Status: release
> 
> Description:
>       functions whose names start with a '-' are not documented as
>       being illegal, but are treated as such by the declare
>       built-in. In contrast, the type built-in allows them.

Yes, the treatment is inconsistent.  Strictly speaking, the man page
says they're illegal:  the grammar specifies that a function name is
a `name', where a `name' is defined as a shell identifier
([a-zA-Z_][a-zA-Z0-9_]*).  In posix mode you wouldn't have been able
to define the function at all.

-- 
``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
( ``Discere est Dolere'' -- chet)

Chet Ramey, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/



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