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Re: man page "-c" explanation clarity

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: man page "-c" explanation clarity
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 16:36:09 -0500
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"Paul A. Clarke" <address@hidden> wrote:
> The man page states, for the "-c" option:
>        -c string If the -c option is present, then  commands  are  read  from
>                  string.   If  there are arguments after the string, they are
>                  assigned to the positional parameters, starting with $0.
> I think the phrase "arguments after the string" is confusing in that the 
> "arguments" here are really still within "the string", not after.

bash -c 'printf %s\\n "$0" "$@"' arg0 arg1 arg2 arg3

"The string" refers to the part which, in this example, is
single-quoted, and the arguments are indeed after that, not within it.

> I'd suggest slightly different wording, such as:
> "... If argments follow the respective commands within the string, they 
> are..."

That would suggest to me that arguments in the place of %s\\n in my
example are assigned to the positional parameters, which is not true.


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