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Re: status on $[arith] for eval arith vsl $((arith))??

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: status on $[arith] for eval arith vsl $((arith))??
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:00:52 -0400
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On 4/10/12 12:22 AM, Elliott Forney wrote:
> My two cents, would be to add a bit to the man page that says something like:
> -------
> For historical reasons, the following format is also supported for
> arithmetic evaluation:
> $[expression]
> Note, however, that this format is non-standard and that
> $((expression)) is preferred.
> -------
> At least that way there won't be an undocumented feature.

I don't mind an undocumented feature in this case, since the only reason
it's there is being carried along for backwards compatibility.

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

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