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Re: Syntax Question...

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Syntax Question...
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:55:11 -0400
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On 8/18/11 9:37 AM, Greg Wooledge wrote:

>>    The  word  following the redirection operator in the following descrip-
>>    tions, unless otherwise noted, is subjected to brace  expansion,  tilde
>>    expansion, parameter expansion, command substitution, arithmetic expan???
>>    sion, quote removal, pathname expansion, and  word  splitting.   If  it
>>    expands to more than one word, bash reports an error.
>> It seems to leave off variable expansion.
> I don't understand this... either it should be reporting an error, or
> it should *not* be expanding the variable.  It doesn't seem to report
> an error on multiple-file pathname expansions either:
> imadev:~$ read a <<< *.pdf
> imadev:~$ echo "$a"
> *.pdf
> In fact, it's not even performing the expansion, as far as I can tell.

The quoted paragraph applies to all redirection operators (and parameter
and variable expansion are still identical).  The description of <<<
notes that it does not perform pathname expansion at all.

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

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