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Re: Arbitrary command execution in shell - by design!

From: Greg Wooledge
Subject: Re: Arbitrary command execution in shell - by design!
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 15:33:06 -0400

On Fri, Oct 29, 2021 at 11:59:02AM -0700, L A Walsh wrote:
> How much lameness Chett has introduced into bash to accommodate
> the wrong users.

This is quite unfair.  The major systemic problems with bash (and sh)
weren't introduced by Chet Ramey.  They've been baked in from the very

Making bash *less horrible* to use for programming purposes doesn't
qualify as "lameness" in my book.  Even if it does "enable" people to
use shells for unsuited purposes, I'd still much rather have indexed
and associative arrays (bash) than not have them at all (sh).  There
are several *suitable* tasks for which they are immensely useful.

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