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Re: Feature request for Bash

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Feature request for Bash
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:51:52 -0500
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On 11/24/13 11:04 PM, Ryan Campbell Cunningham wrote:

> Bash Version: 4.2
> Patch Level: 45
> Release Status: release
> Description:
>     I would like to request that Bash delete the character
>     immediately preceding a '#', provided the '#'
>        * does not begin a new word,
>        * is not included in any quoted string or variable,
>        * is not preceded by a '\', and
>        * is only found in an interactive command line (not
>          in a script* or Bash initialization argument).

This is traditionally a characteristic of the terminal driver rather
than the shell.  It emulates the behavior of the old 7th Edition and
BSD (through 4.3) terminal driver default erase character.  While
interesting in a historical sense, I don't believe it has much value
in modern environments.


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

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