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Re: ${b+s ''}

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: ${b+s ''}
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:07:06 -0500
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On 2/16/19 11:38 AM, address@hidden wrote:
> I would like to include a null string as part of a parameter expansion word:
>> mapfile -t${bNullDelimited+d ''}
> When bNullDelimited is set, I expect this to expand to:
>> mapfile -td ''
> However, it expands to:
>> mapfile -td

There are mixed behaviors. The idea behind the bash behavior is that a
null string added to a non-empty word is simply discarded, and this happens
while the word after the `+' is being processed, before word splitting.

bash/ksh93/zsh do it one way, ash-derived shells/mksh/yash do it another.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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