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Re: manpage error-Arithmetic Evaluation of numbers with explicit base


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: manpage error-Arithmetic Evaluation of numbers with explicit base
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:05:16 -0400
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On 3/22/10 9:13 AM, address@hidden wrote:

> Bash Version: 4.0
> Patch Level: 35
> Release Status: release
> 
> Description:
>     The man page seems to be wrong regarding the handling of numbers with 
> different bases. It states one has to use [base#]n although it seems to be 
> [base#n] that needs to be used...

The meta-notation [x] means that x is optional.  This usage is fairly
common, especially in Unix man pages.

Chet
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