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Re: RFE: Please allow unicode ID chars in identifiers

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: RFE: Please allow unicode ID chars in identifiers
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:06:50 -0400
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On 6/13/17 5:00 PM, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 04:44:08PM -0400, address@hidden wrote:
>> For that to work, basically the character encoding used to interpret
>> the script should be (potentially) distinct from the one used to
>> interact with the rest of the system.
>> ...But that gets complicated: the shell would need to interpret the
>> script in its locale of origin, but still respect the locale for other
>> matters of I/O. [...]
> The main issue here is that the author's locale may not *exist* on the
> user's machine.  There may not be any way for bash to determine which
> non-ASCII characters constitute "letters" in the author's locale.

That's quite true. If that's important to the author, he can use a shell
function like this to ensure that the script can set the locale

        local lc_ctype=$(locale | grep ^LC_CTYPE=)
        eval local ct=${lc_ctype#*=}

        case $ct in
        $1)     return 0 ;;
        *)      return 1 ;;

That works with Mac OS X, where the output of locale(1) is a series of
shell assignment statements with quoted values; your mileage may vary, of

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

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