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Re: Assignment of associative arrays through braces

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Assignment of associative arrays through braces
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:31:25 -0400
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On 7/27/18 7:13 PM, konsolebox wrote:
> Hi Chet,
> I wonder if you can allow bash to have another syntax to allow simpler
> declaration and/or definition of associative arrays.  The changes
> needed to have it done seem simple enough, and the only conflict it
> makes is a scalar `var={...` assignment, which in my opinion is better
> quoted to make it more readable and less questionable from other
> syntaxes like brace expansion.  I believe most people intuitively
> quotes it, and assignments that start with `{` is fairly rare.

So it's syntactic sugar for `declare -gA a; a=( ... )'?

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

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