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Re: test -v for array does not work as documented

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: test -v for array does not work as documented
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2020 11:27:21 -0500
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On 2/21/20 3:31 AM, pepa65 wrote:
> On 21/02/2020 02.37, Chet Ramey wrote:
>> It's unset because it doesn't have a value, but it retains the `local'
>> attribute so it stays local if subsequently assigned one.
> Is there any reason the local attribute cannot be unset? If it would be
> possible then the "declare/typeset -p" would return 1 when the variable
> doesn't exist.

There have been several umm...passionate discussions about this. The idea
is that a local variable that's unset should stay local (and unset) until
the function returns instead of `uncovering' a variable at a previous

Think about dynamic scoping and its effects on variable visibility.

> By the way, it seems that `local -p var` doesn't work like 'declare -p
> var` even though `help local` suggests it should.

How so? Do you mean that declare -p var in a function will show different

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