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Re: param expansion with single-character special vars in the environmen

From: Dan Douglas
Subject: Re: param expansion with single-character special vars in the environment
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 15:01:28 -0500

On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 1:59 PM, Grisha Levit <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM, Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:
>> and this one throws away the nameref attribute:
>> typeset -n foo ; typeset -i foo ; foo=7*6 ; typeset -p foo
> I think it's important to note that the nameref attribute is thrown away at
> the `typeset -i foo' step, which makes some sense since `typeset -n -i' does
> not seem to be valid in ksh.

ksh93 stores integer variables as actual integers internally so
there's no opportunity for storing the expression, and the nameref
attribute just wouldn't make sense.

Bash stores a string that gets coerced as necessary when performing
arithmetic. That's why ksh is so much faster than bash when you
declare integers, and an integer will wrap around while a string will
get converted back and fourth via pretty much the same rules bash

 ~ $ ksh -c 'integer n=$(getconf LONG_MAX); typeset m=$n; ((m++,n++));
typeset -p n m'
typeset -l -i n=-9223372036854775808

The only effect of -i in bash is to modify the way += assignments work.

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