Subject: Re: bashism for ksh
To: Christian Biere <>
From: David Laight <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/31/2007 22:02:39
On Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 06:05:12PM +0100, Christian Biere wrote:
> > I have a preference for not adding such non-standard extensions in
> > a shell, because their mere existence encourages people to write
> > nonportable scripts.

I agree, especially in places where there is already standard syntax
that easily achieves the same result.
> You have a point there but I find this feature only relevant for interactive
> use. I don't think I ever used in scripts.
The problem is that someone else will....

> The same could be said, for example,
> about GCC extensions. They can be used to improve things but they can very well
> be used to achieve the opposite. I don't see why the penalty should go to wrong
> people though. I thought we sell rope?

And many of those are a complete portability nightmare...


David Laight: