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Re: Aborting prompt with Ctrl-c sets exit status variable ($?) to 130

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Aborting prompt with Ctrl-c sets exit status variable ($?) to 130
Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:34:22 -0600
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On 06/04/2014 01:28 PM, Dennis Williamson wrote:
> On Jun 4, 2014 2:23 PM, "Jens Stimpfle" <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Hi, please Cc: me as I'm not subscribed.

That's the general policy of any list which allows posts from

>> When I abort a bash prompt using Ctrl-c, the $? variable is set to 130
>> just as if a job had been aborted. To illustrate, some terminal
>> contents:

>> My feeling is that aborting a prompt should not change the $? variable.

I agree that it is annoying behavior that Ctrl-C changes $?, but at
least we're in good company, since ksh has the same behavior (well,
there $? is set to 258, since ksh takes advantage of the POSIX rule that
it can represent exit due to signal in $? by using values that are
unambiguous with regular exit).  zsh almost has the same behavior,
except it sets $? to 1 instead of any indication that a signal occurred.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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