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Re: Bash printf builtin bug

From: Luke Kendall
Subject: Re: Bash printf builtin bug
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 09:20:08 +1000 (EST)

On 29 Mar, Chet Ramey wrote:
>  That's what the `--' first argument is for:  don't treat any remaining 
>  arguments as possible options. 

In that sense, I suppose it *is* consistent with all the other
commands.  It's just a trap that the user must be aware of (as they must
in general), when constructing commands from variable components.

So it would always be safe to use: printf -- "format-str" args,
which probably should be the recommended usage in the man page, rather
than: printf "format-str" args.

BTW, the bash man entry doesn't mention any options for the builtin
printf - does it accept --version and --help like the standalone one



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