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Re: [doc] missing doc about :+ vs + expansion

From: Andreas Kusalananda Kähäri
Subject: Re: [doc] missing doc about :+ vs + expansion
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:03:02 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.11.4 (2019-03-13)

On Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 11:19:08AM +0100, Christophe Lyon wrote:
> Hi,
> I think I've noticed a bit of explanation missing in the documentation
> about parameter expansion.
> bash supports :+ and + expansion, but 'man bash' describes the former only.
> This is also true for the similar expansions (:-, :=, :?)
> Some documentation is available at:
> http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/utilities/V3_chap02.html#tag_18_06_02
> and
> https://www.tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/parameter-substitution.html
> Thanks,
> Christophe

It is not omitted.  The paragraph before the list of parameters
expansions in the manual reads

    When not performing substring expansion, using the forms documented
    below (e.g., :-), bash tests for a parameter that is unset or null.
    Omitting the colon results in a test only for a parameter that is


Andreas Kusalananda Kähäri,
National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden (NBIS),
Uppsala University, Sweden.

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