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Re: nullglob breaks unset of arrays

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: nullglob breaks unset of arrays
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 23:41:56 -0400
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address@hidden wrote:

> Bash Version: 3.2
> Patch Level: 39
> Release Status: release
> Description:
>       When nullglob option is enable (shopt -s nullglob), unset of an array
>       does not work.

You're right; it does.  `unset' is a builtin, so all of the shell's word
expansions are performed before it is run, including globbing.  If you
don't protect the argument by quoting it, the nullglob extension will
remove it when there are no matching filenames.  Running the script with
`bash -x' will show what's happening.

There's no `fix' -- everything is working as it's supposed to.  You've
just combined things in a way that produces unexpected results.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer

Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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