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Re: compgen -W doesn't split wordlist containing single quotes

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: compgen -W doesn't split wordlist containing single quotes
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:06:47 -0400
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On 3/16/18 1:00 PM, address@hidden wrote:

> Bash Version: 4.4
> Patch Level: 12
> Release Status: release
> Description:
> compgen -W "wordlist" doesn't split wordlist on $IFS if wordlist contains
> unquoted single quotes. For instance, this wordlist, "foo'bar aaa bbb", won't
> be split using the default value of IFS: it will be treated as a single word.

Processing the word argument to -W honors shell quoting, in order to
provide a simple way to return words containing shell metacharacters and
characters in $IFS. There is a sentence to this effect in the texinfo
documentation, but that sentence is missing from the manual page.  I will
add some clarifying text and make sure it appears in the man page.


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

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