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From: Eric Blake <eblake@redhat.com>
To: Bosco <jbosco.gg@gmail.com>
Cc: dash@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: echo "\\1"?
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:51:25 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <bf53bb8a-a967-023f-a83b-c0245702c1a4@redhat.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAC4gepcv49NcWqS-3jB50YrhJP8xYOhHyTFeL2TkifeJXRrQXA@mail.gmail.com>

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On 07/27/2017 09:44 AM, Bosco wrote:
> I don't have any problem, I only show you one case where I had to fix
> an script in order to work a compilation in dash.
> I'm using dash because of simplicity, unfortunately I don't understand
> how things work.
> I think the problem is of dash, I only want to report that dash fails
> at parse scape sequence.
> For instance, the command
>   echo \\\\
> prints
>   \

Correct, per POSIX.  Incorrect, for portable code (since not all echo
implementations obey POSIX; many require to type

echo -e \\\\

to get single output, but -e is not POSIX).

> I think it should print
> \\

Wrong per POSIX, but it matches what you get on bash if you don't turn
on 'shopt -s xpg_echo' and 'set -o posix' simultaneously (yes, bash has
two separate knobs that BOTH have to be on to get POSIX behavior).

> I don't have to decided how dash should understand things because it
> isn't my project. I only advise of a bad behavior, of course from my
> point of view.

The bad behavior is not in dash, but in your non-portable use of echo
with a \ in the argument.  Use printf instead, if you want your script
to work in more than one shell.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc.           +1-919-301-3266
Virtualization:  qemu.org | libvirt.org

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  reply	other threads:[~2017-07-27 14:51 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-07-27 12:23 Bosco
2017-07-27 12:54 ` Eric Blake
2017-07-27 13:13   ` Bosco
2017-07-27 14:24     ` Eric Blake
2017-07-27 14:44       ` Bosco
2017-07-27 14:51         ` Eric Blake [this message]
2017-07-27 15:10           ` Bosco
2017-07-27 15:19             ` Eric Blake
2017-07-27 15:32             ` Bosco
2017-07-27 17:26       ` Harald van Dijk

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