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From: Chris Siebenmann <cks>
To: rc
Subject: Re: New rc snapshot, includes "the equals hack"
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 18:23:50 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <00Aug22.182359edt.44204@hawkwind.utcs.utoronto.ca> (raw)
In-Reply-To: byron's message of Mon, 21 Aug 2000 19:28:01 -0500. <200008212328.QAA17096@rakitzis.com>

| Well, the principle of "free carets" already establishes that there
| can be some counterintuitive parsing:

 The difference to me is that 'free carets' doesn't move things around;
it merely logically connects things that are already visually connected.
This lets it work intuitively and do what the user expects. By contrast,
the '=' hack does move things around, and I think that's the problem.
It's also incomplete and surprising.

 So we have:
	; echo a = b
	; echo a= b
	; echo a =b
Bonus unpleasant surprise:
	; echo =b
And we haven't even gotten away from needing quotes in some situations:
	; echo a==b
	syntax error
	; echo =
	syntax error

 I think that rearranging what the user types is jarringly out of place
and counterintuitive.

| I think there is enough historical precedent about the use of unquoted
| ='s in shells that to be forced quote them is a truly annoying bug.

 I would rather be annoyed periodically than (unpleasantly) surprised.
I fear that the current '=' hack is likely to deliver a fair amount of
the latter.

	- cks

  reply	other threads:[~2000-08-22 23:23 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2000-08-22  0:28 Byron Rakitzis
2000-08-22 23:23 ` Chris Siebenmann [this message]
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2000-08-23  1:03 Byron Rakitzis
2000-08-18 21:14 Bengt Kleberg
2000-08-15 20:25 smd
2000-08-15 14:32 smd
2000-08-15 22:51 ` Smarasderagd
2000-08-17  3:53   ` Decklin Foster
2000-08-21 23:21     ` Chris Siebenmann
2000-08-22 11:51       ` Carlo Strozzi
2000-08-17 10:49   ` Tim Goodwin
2000-08-15  7:28 Byron Rakitzis
2000-08-15  6:41 Byron Rakitzis
2000-08-11 14:01 Tim Goodwin
2000-08-15  2:21 ` Paul Haahr
2000-08-15  4:21 ` Gary Carvell
2000-08-15 14:52 ` Mark K. Gardner

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