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Re: V+=1 doesn't work if V is a reference to an integer array element

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: V+=1 doesn't work if V is a reference to an integer array element
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 10:15:25 -0500
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On 1/13/21 4:40 PM, Léa Gris wrote:
Le 13/01/2021 à 22:13, Chet Ramey écrivait :
The `-i' forces arithmetic evaluation, which makes this expand to the equivalent of `declare -n b=1'. That's an invalid name for a nameref,
which you'd see if you used `declare -n b=1' instead. The assignment
error causes `declare' to return an non-zero status, but the error
message checks the original value, not the result of arithmetic
evaluation, and the `a[0]' is valid.

I guess I never thought people would try to use integer variables as
namerefs, since nameref values can't be digits.

Sorry Chet, this does not make sense to me. There is no error message.

OK, let's be clear that this sequence of commands from your message is what
we're talking about:

unset a b
declare -ai a=(1)
declare -in b="a[0]"
declare -p a b

I get this result:

declare -ai a=([0]="1")
x4: line 4: declare: b: not found

and I explained why there is no variable `b'.

I still wonder how when performing b+=number, the referenced value of a[0] is multiplied by 2 and the added the number back to a[0]

That's exactly the bug I referred to yesterday that I said I would fix. The
one that's actually been around since 2012.

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

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