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Re: Bash printf builtin bug

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Bash printf builtin bug
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 13:04:59 -0500
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Luke Kendall wrote:
> 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
> does?

No.  None of the bash builtins currently accept those options.

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