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

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Error on arithmetic evaluation of `~0`.
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2018 10:46:18 -0600
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On 12/28/18 11:26 PM, Bize Ma wrote:
> Chet Ramey (<address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>>) wrote:
>     On 12/23/18 12:01 PM, Bize Ma wrote:
> {…}
>     > 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.
> If you say so: fine for me.
> It still irks me a little that a `${var[-1]}` isn't the "last value"
> (sometimes!, consistency?).

The goal is not to make non-array variables look exactly like array
variables; the goal is to provide a little bit of syntactic sugar in
the rare case that it's useful. It's the analog to referencing an array
variable without using a subscript, which references element 0.

> I haven't seen that documented anywhere, though.

Which part? The fact that non-array variables can be referenced using
subscript 0?

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

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