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Re: Is it normal for `bash -s foo` not to make 1=foo available from ~/.b

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Is it normal for `bash -s foo` not to make 1=foo available from ~/.bashrc?
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:29:57 -0400
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On 3/27/17 8:32 AM, Torka Noda wrote:
> On Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:33:47 -0400
> Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Is it normal for Bash positional parameters not to be
>>> available from ~/.bashrc during initialization?  
>> Yes. Bash has always worked like this.  The startup files are
>> read before the positional parameters are assigned.
> For any particular reason?

I can't remember whether there was any particular rationale; the decision
was made almost 30 years ago.  Brian and I certainly never talked about it.
Is there a compelling reason to change it now, since there are other ways
to accomplish it?

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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