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Re: quotes invade positional parameters

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: quotes invade positional parameters
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 09:01:28 -0500

> > Well anyway, it would be 'no skin off of bash's back' if it just
> > reported what it was given.

It's the difference between what bash reads and its translation to an internal
form based on words.  The words are then translated to an external form
with quoting added to make the original and external forms behave identically.

> > If it was given
> > '  'a b c
> > it should report
> > '  'a b c
> > 
> > and not just 'assume' we prefer
> > '  a' b c
> > or
> > '  a' 'b' 'c'
> > etc.

But at that point, the quotes have been discarded.  You're talking about
the words after all the expansions, including quote removal, have been

> Yea, that's it. It doesn't report what's given, it reports the result of 
> the processing. This is hopefully similar, but definitely not the same.

While it may not be identical in appearance, it's identical in behavior
and effect.  If it's not, that's a bug, and you'd notice it.


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