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Re: Referencing empty array with "set -u" active throws error

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Referencing empty array with "set -u" active throws error
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 08:40:42 -0500
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On 12/20/10 3:52 AM, address@hidden wrote:
>> -u  Treat unset variables as an error when substituting.
>> I think the behaviour is consistent with the documentation.
> The question is rather when to consider a variable set or unset.
> For me, an empty string (or empty commadline) is as set or as
> unset as an empty array.  But I don't get an "unbound error" when
> accessing an empty string (or empty commandline), and I get one
> when accessing an empty array.

As the man page says:

A parameter is set if it has been assigned a value.  The null string is
a  valid  value.

Maybe I should add that an array has to have at least one index assigned
to be considered set.

The positional parameters are a special case, since that's what Posix

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

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