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From: "Lawrence Velázquez" <larryv@zsh.org>
To: linuxtechguy@gmail.com
Cc: zsh-users@zsh.org
Subject: Re: Looking for clarity of the word/term "string" as used in a couple of places in man pages
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2022 00:35:35 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <b564fb4c-b6ab-48a5-9c4c-29975c48dc2e@www.fastmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CA+rB6GLSQd1=dLsPDe4uzf2vxFxOCX3jaw0QfiNsN4KJ2kS1yA@mail.gmail.com>

On Sat, Jun 25, 2022, at 9:14 PM, Jim wrote:
> The CONDITIONAL EXPRESSIONS '-n string' and '-z string' both allow 
> 'string' to be
> either a literal string(quoted or not) or a parameter.
> Parameter Expansion Flags 'r' and 'l' for 'string1' and 'string2' 
> appear only to allow literal
> strings. And, quotes are considered part of said string.  The only 
> special character that
> I found that works, so far, is a backslash(\).
> Is this an inconsistent use of the term string, or am I missing something?

What you're missing is that conditional expressions' "file", "string",
and "pattern" arguments are documented to undergo shell expansions,
while the arguments of most parameter expansion flags are not.

"String" is not a rigorously defined term, so it's not all that
useful to get hung up on what it "means".


      reply	other threads:[~2022-06-26  4:37 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 2+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-06-26  1:14 Jim
2022-06-26  4:35 ` Lawrence Velázquez [this message]

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