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Re: piped functions cannot set variables

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: piped functions cannot set variables
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 12:07:25 -0500
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"Andrew Robb" <address@hidden> wrote:
> The shell function is not running in a separate process,

It is.  You can observe this with a system call trace.

> $$ gives the same value in the shell function as the calling
> process.

$$ also gives the same value inside an explicit subshell like
"(command)"; would you claim that no extra process is created then?
$$ doesn't mean what you think it means in these situations.  It is
initialized with getpid() when the shell first starts, and is not
reset for subprocesses.

You might make a feature request, saying that bash *shouldn't* fork a
subprocess when the pipeline element is a shell function.  But that is
indeed what it does currently.


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