Subject: Re: bin/33956: -current /bin/sh possible regression
To: None <,,>
From: Rhialto <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 07/12/2006 00:55:02
The following reply was made to PR bin/33956; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Rhialto <>
To: Peter Seebach <>
Subject: Re: bin/33956: -current /bin/sh possible regression
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 02:54:06 +0200

 On Tue 11 Jul 2006 at 19:38:20 -0500, Peter Seebach wrote:
 > Why?  The @ expanded to nothing, as expected.  It doesn't prevent other
 > variables from expanding, or other text from continuing to exist.
 Note that definition says "arguments". I'll have to assume it says that
 for a reason. So there shall be zero arguments, if there are no
 positional parameters, and echo shall print nothing (except for a
 newline). I don't think you can argue with that.
 Let me take this opportunity, as a devil's advocate, of another possible
 generalisation of "$@" to "foo $@ bar". I would argue that
     sh -c 'foo() { printargv "Testing ${@} fnord"; }; foo a b'
 should print
     Testing a fnord Testing b fnord
 and there is nothing in the definition that will contradict this
 > -s
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