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Re: Bug? in bash setlocale implementation

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Bug? in bash setlocale implementation
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:52:53 -0500
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On 2/21/12 3:51 AM, John Kearney wrote:

> Bash Version: 4.2
> Patch Level: 10
> Release Status: release
> Description:
>   Basically if setting the locale fails variable should not be changed.

I disagree.  The assignment was performed correctly and as the user
specified.  The fact that a side effect of the assignment failed should
not mean that the assignment should be undone.

I got enough bug reports when I added the warning.  I'd get at least as
many if I undid a perfectly good assignment statement.

I could see setting $? to a non-zero value if the setlocale() call fails,
but not when the shell is in posix mode.


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