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Re: [RFC] Logically composable variant of errexit

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: [RFC] Logically composable variant of errexit
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:29:57 -0400
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On 10/9/14, 8:20 AM, Andreas Grünbacher wrote:
> Hi all,
> the errexit option can be very useful in simple scripts. This option
> is being ignored in many contexts like lists and conditionals though.
> I understand that this is "by design" and that errexit cannot be
> "fixed" to behave more reasonably. Still, this makes bash a lot less
> useful than it could be; working around this limitation is painful,
> ugly, and leads to fragile code.
> So, since we cannot "fix" errexit, can we maybe introduce another
> option like "errfail" that behaves like errexit for simple commands,
> but is also logically composable? Let me show what I mean with the
> following pseudo-code:

What does logically composable mean in this context?

Maybe it would be better if you described how you would like the behavior
to differ from errexit.  Like Angel, I see that you want errfail to be
`inherited' by functions, like errexit; inhibited in the same set of
exceptions; but that command substitution failures will cause the shell
to exit.  Is that accurate?


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