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Re: Proposed Prompt Escapes


From: Dennis Williamson
Subject: Re: Proposed Prompt Escapes
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:09:49 -0600



On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 6:26 PM, Dennis Williamson <address@hidden> wrote:
It might be handy to have some of the escapes that work in $'string' quoting to also work in prompts especially now with the address@hidden transformation.

Specifically the hex, unicode and control ones: \xHH, \uHHHH, \UHHHHHHHH and \cx.

I presume that the dollar-single-quote escapes should not be touched since they are "specified by the ANSI C standard". Also, they needn't be since we have the @P transformation.

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I obviously overlooked the collision between \u - username and \uHHHH - unicode. It could be dealt with by interpreting the escape as username if the following character is non-hex, but that would stand a good chance of breaking existing prompts. Since \U functionally is a complete superset of \u - unicode, perhaps the latter wouldn't need to be duplicated for prompting.


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