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Re: Error on arithmetic evaluation of `~0`.

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Error on arithmetic evaluation of `~0`.
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2018 12:10:24 -0500
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On 12/23/18 12:01 PM, Bize Ma wrote:
> Chet Ramey (<address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>>) wrote:
>     >
>     > While this works:
>     >
>     > var=(hello); echo "${var[ ~0]}"
>     > hello
>     Because negative array subscripts count backwards from the end of the
>     array.
> Doh!, yes. And, because of that: "${var[-1]}"
> should give the *last* element of array "var", shouldn't it?

Yes, if it's an array variable.

> Consequently,  this happens:
>     $ unset var; var[0]=77; echo "${var[0]}"; echo "${var[-1]}"
>     77
>     77
> The only value in var is at index 0, which means it is also the *last* value.


> The point being that a variable which has an scalar value "var=hello"
> should act (for most practical cases) as an array for which only the
> value at address 0 has been defined.
> Both command line above should have printed "hello".

No. 0 is the only valid subscript for a non-array variable. The difference
between bash and other shells that implement this feature is that bash
warns about negative subscripts.

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

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