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Re: inline-comments no longer work in 3.1_p16

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: inline-comments no longer work in 3.1_p16
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 10:27:56 -0400
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Jan Schmidt wrote:

> Bash Version: 3.1
> Patch Level: 16
> Release Status: release
> Description:
>         Inline comments worked in earlier versions of bash (e.g. 3.0).
> They seem to cause errors, now. I could not find any comment on this in
> the changelog.
> Repeat-By:
>         use "$( #comment )" in a bash script to generate an inline comment.
>         this will cause the "unexpected EOF while looking for matching
> `)'" error.

That should be an error.  A comment introduced by `#' extends to the
end of the line.  In your example, it obscures the `)'.  This was an
error in versions of bash preceding 3.1.

This changed between bash-3.1-alpha and bash-3.1-beta and was noted in


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