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Re: break exit status

From: Dan Douglas
Subject: Re: break exit status
Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:04:17 -0500
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On Sunday, July 06, 2014 09:08:00 AM gregrwm wrote:
> if break would preserve the exit status of the preceding command then the
> above loop would have a useful exit status.

Completely agree.

> an option analogous to pipefail could request the better break behaviour

Needless to say, POSIX requires the current behavior:


There is a slight inconsistency in a few shells when "! break" is used. See 
the 2nd-to-last example here:


The easiest workaround is to replace inner loops with function calls, because 
"return" doesn't suffer from that problem. However that does make breaking out 
of multiple levels cumbersome. 

Frustratingly I'm pretty sure there isn't even a possible hackish eval or 
alias workaround. Notice calling break from a function with a RETURN trap set 
bypasses the trap if break results in jumping out of the function (Yes, I 
tried that one long ago).
Dan Douglas

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