From: Tim Goodwin <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com Subject: Re: rc 1.6 $version Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 09:31:30 -0500 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (raw) In-Reply-To: <8ZFwtjf51i@dmul.paulhaahr.com> Paul Haahr wrote: > > Any objections to `rc_version'? > > I'd prefer $rc-version, but either should be fine. (As it turns out, this is all irrelevant, but I have would two objections to this. First, `-' turns on free careting, so you'd have to say things like this. ; whatis $'rc-version' Not so bad, but wrap it in another level of quotes, perhaps from a less sane shell, and it starts to get *very* ugly. $ rc -c 'whatis $'"'rc-version'" Secondly, rc is meant to be C-ish, not Lisp-ish.) > However, making it such a magic variable feels silly. As Eric noted, > having assignments to a variable just be eaten without warning seems, > er, surprising at best. Mea culpa. I failed to realise that there are two types of special variable in rc: 1) those that merely have a default initial value, and 2) those that invoke special code when substituted. Till now, $version was in category 2. I've just moved it to category 1. Category 2 now contains just $apids and $status, which seems about right; they are both, of necessity, magical. Category 1 now contains $ifs, $path, $pid, $prompt, and $version. (I was surprised to discover that assignments to pid are persistent!) As a separate matter, several variables are not exportable. These are: $apid, $apids, $cdpath, $home, $ifs, $path, $pid, and $*. (Remember that $cdpath, $home, and $path are all aliased to upper case versions, which *are* exportable. Also, the default assignment to $path happens before $PATH is examined: so if $PATH is set, $path will acquire its value instead of the default.) I think $bqstatus and $status ought to be non-exportable too. I've just made them so; you can all see what this breaks in the next release candidate :-). Tim.
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2002-04-03 20:00 UTC|newest] Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top 2002-03-14 22:37 erik quanstrom 2002-03-27 13:27 ` Tim Goodwin 2002-03-27 21:12 ` Carlo Strozzi 2002-03-30 18:43 ` Paul Haahr 2002-03-31 15:13 ` Carlo Strozzi 2002-04-03 14:31 ` Tim Goodwin [this message] 2002-04-03 15:06 ` Paul Haahr 2002-04-04 10:04 ` Tim Goodwin 2002-04-04 21:42 ` Scott Schwartz 2002-04-04 21:54 Byron Rakitzis 2002-04-05 8:35 ` Tim Goodwin 2002-04-05 1:38 Smarasderagd
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