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Re: COMP_POINT is not set correctly when there is non-ascii characters i

From: Yichao Yu
Subject: Re: COMP_POINT is not set correctly when there is non-ascii characters in the command line.
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:11:14 -0400

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM, Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 3/27/12 2:17 PM, Yichao Yu wrote:
>> So is it possible to set COMP_POINT as the number of characters
>> between 0 and rl_point (if it is also bad to break libreadline api by
>> setting rl_point as that.) without screwing up other part of the code?
>> (I hope this fix would be no more than searching for rl_point and
>> replace wherever necessary.)
> I was going to respond that to break the relationship between COMP_POINT
> and rl_point makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to identify the
> character under the cursor when completion is attempted, but I'm not
> sure how much that actually matters.  You can't assign rl_point using
> this, so that's not an issue either.

Sorry didn't get it. Bash can always internally access rl_point (to
"identify the character under the cursor") whether or not it is the
same with COMP_POINT and the script CANNOT "identify the character
under the cursor" using current value of COMP_POINT since
${COMPLINE:blah:blah} substitution count character instead of byte.
And this really matters, see the bash-completion bug report I link
(Agree that rl_point should be kept the locale independent byte
counting value as what it is now.)

> Pretty much everything else in bash uses characters, which may be bytes
> depending on the locale.
> Can someone who's more familiar with the bash completion package tell me
> whether or not it uses COMP_POINT at all?  That's about that only thing
> I can think of that would use it.

It DOES use COMP_POINT. And this is the most annoy thing and also how
I notice the issue. I reported a bug for bash-completion here
and soon discovered this is a bush issue.

Yichao Yu

> Chet
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