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Re: Assignment of $* to a var removes spaces on unset IFS.


From: Pierre Gaston
Subject: Re: Assignment of $* to a var removes spaces on unset IFS.
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:49:05 +0300

On Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 6:18 AM Eduardo A. Bustamante López <
address@hidden> wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 10:52:20PM -0400, Bize Ma wrote:
> (...)
> > That version is not even beta, it is still alpha, are you asking that
> > everyone should use
> > non-released (and not yet tested as beta) alpha release ?
> (...)
>
> I didn't say that. My point is that, in the context of bug reports, it's
> important that you always test against the *unreleased* version of the
> code,
> since that's where most bug fixes are queued up (or at least the ones that
> break
> backwards compatibility).
>
> > So? It is not solved in that thread, it is even said that:
> >
> >  > This is a bug in bash and it should be fixed, not excused.
> >
> > To which I agree. After a year, nothing else have been said about it.
> >
>
> For some reason the threading broke in the archive browser. Here's the
> response
> from Chet:
>
> http://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/bug-bash/2017-10/msg00023.html
>
> The fix for this issue is already in the Git repository (devel branch) and
> in
> Bash 5.0.
>
> I cannot answer for Chet, but please consider this:
>
> The fix for this bug breaks backwards compatibility, so that means it
> cannot be
> a patch-level fix for 4.4. It should either be a minor version increase
> (4.5) or
> go into the next major release, which is 5.0 (which was already declared
> alpha
> state, and includes the fix).
>
> > It seems about time to get it solved. Or say that it won't be.
>
> Again, it's fixed already and the fix is scheduled to go out in the next
> release (5.0).
>
> Given that, do you think this bug is severe enough to have to issue a new
> minor
> version just for it? (4.5),
>
> or can we just wait for 5.0 to come out which fixes this and a bunch of
> other
> bugs? (see the CHANGES file, in particular, entry `oo',
>
> http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/bash.git/diff/CHANGES?h=bash-5.0-testing&id=9a51695bed07d37086c352372ac69d0a30039a6b
> )
>
>


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