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Re: Bash is incorrectly and inconsistently expanding tilde in $PATH


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Bash is incorrectly and inconsistently expanding tilde in $PATH
Date: Sat, 6 May 2017 16:51:27 -0400
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On 5/4/17 5:00 PM, Ángel wrote:

> No. IMHO the fix would be to expand ~ at assignment time, even when
> quoted, ie. PATH='~/bin' would be equivalent to PATH=~/bin

No. The semantics of expansion in quoted strings are well defined.
Performing tilde expansion on a quoted string in an assignment statement,
even if restricted to PATH, would definitely be a bug.

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