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Re: Issus with popd and pushd

From: Pete Smith
Subject: Re: Issus with popd and pushd
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:48:44 -0700

Am clearly out of my league in these exchanges about possible implementation. Nevertheless am heartened by 
seeing these exchanges.

As to the question that came up in the dialogue:

> Um... don't you mean to use the alias command somewhere, like:
> alias popd='builtin popd|tr " " "\n"'

I defined the alias in ~/.bash_aliases

From one of your initial explanations: that points out that the alias would be executed in a sub shell, it makes sense
to me that, that approach won't work.

It appears to me that the sub shell does inherit the dirs stack, but any changes that are made to the dir stack remain
in the sub shell and do not propagate back to the parent shell.

I was thrown off track by:

    alias dirs='dirs -v'

But after you explanation of the sub shell execution environment, this makes sense as dirs does not make any changes 
to the dirs stack.

Does the exchanges of your implementation comments mean the possibility of the addition of the -v option to pushd and 
popd are in the realm of possibility?


On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 11:17 AM, Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:
On 4/18/17 2:13 PM, L A Walsh wrote:
> Chet Ramey wrote:
>> On 4/18/17 9:35 AM, Eduardo Bustamante wrote:
>>> Or now that I think about it, you can get away with these functions:
>>> # masked builtins
>>> address@hidden:~/foo/bar/baz$ pushd() { builtin pushd "$@" >/dev/null;
>>> dirs -v; }; popd(){ builtin popd "$@" >/dev/null; dirs -v; }
>> This would be the preferable alternative, since it's so trivial.  The one
>> change I would suggest would be to make the `;' a `&&':
>> pushd()
>> {
>>     builtin pushd "$@" >/dev/null && dirs -v
>> }
> Maybe add 'builtin' before "dirs" since we're redefining builtins
> (i.e. get into habit?)

Sure, if there's a chance there's a function named `dirs' and you *don't*
want to use it, this is good practice.

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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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