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Re: Variables can’t contain NUL


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Variables can’t contain NUL
Date: Mon, 21 May 2018 10:15:50 -0400
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On 5/21/18 8:37 AM, Greg Wooledge wrote:

> If you're looking for some deeper answer, like "Why did Stephen Bourne
> write it this way back in 1977?" then I would hazard a guess along the
> lines of "It is tightly coupled to the underlying C argument-passing
> interface which uses NUL-terminated strings."

As well as the majority of the libc API, which depends on null-terminated
strings.

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