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Re: declare/typeset can't set array to variable name


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: declare/typeset can't set array to variable name
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 14:53:06 -0500
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On 1/5/18 2:05 PM, Tim Burnham wrote:

> 
> Why does the parser inconsistently detect the identifier `${var2}'? In
> the 3rd line of my example, Bash assigns the given expression into
> `${var3}' as intended.

The parser is consistent. It doesn't mark that word as a valid assignment
statement, either, which has implications for how it's expanded (for
example, it undergoes word splitting). That word doesn't contain any
metacharacters, so it's not a syntax error.  It just appears as an argument
to `declare', which knows how to deal with it.

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