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Re: Bug in function return statement in while subshell

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Bug in function return statement in while subshell
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:50:47 -0400
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On 7/29/13 1:15 PM, Roman Rakus wrote:
> On 07/29/2013 05:06 PM, Chet Ramey wrote:
>> On 7/29/13 10:55 AM, Roman Rakus wrote:
>>> I didn't take a look on where the problem could be, but it is discussed on
>>> stackoverflow [1].
>>> Looks like return builtin falsely exit execution of while loop instead of
>>> function.
>> What would you like to see happen?  You're in a subshell: the function
>> can't return, since this is not the shell that called it.  Do you want
>> parent and child shells both continuing execution after the function call?
>> Chet
> As Chris said, some error, because return is not in function.
> Example:
> f1() {
>     : | while :; do return 3; done
>     echo $?
>     return 1
> }
> echo $?
> f1; echo $?
> return 2
> Looks like the bash doesn't restore the i'm-in-function indicator when
> running compound command (like while or if) in functions' subshell.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by this, since the `return' call in
the pipeline inside the function completes without an error.  Bash
prints an error message due to the `return 2' not occurring while in
a function.

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