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sr #108749: RETURN trap does not see the exit status of 'return'

Submitted by:  Paul Donohue <paulsd>
Submitted on:  Thu 19 Feb 2015 06:39:29 PM UTC  
Category: NonePriority: 5 - Normal
Severity: 3 - NormalStatus: Done
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: OpenOperating System: GNU/Linux

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Fri 13 Nov 2015 05:22:30 PM UTC, comment #3:

I don't know who is allowed to close bugs. I don't have the appropriate privilege to do it. The best I can do is mark it `done'.

In any event, the RETURN trap is run in the function's context, before the caller regains control. In that sense, it's part of the return command, and in that context, the value of $? is the exit status of the last command executed before the `return'.

Chet Ramey <chet>
Project Administrator
Tue 23 Jun 2015 09:00:34 PM UTC, comment #2:

Thanks for the work-around.

Some additional info:

I would close this bug, but it doesn't look like I am allowed to do so.

Paul Donohue <paulsd>
Wed 25 Mar 2015 09:32:23 AM UTC, comment #1:

As a workaround, you can do:

f() {
local ret
trap 'inspect $ret here' RETURN
return "$ret"

Eduardo Bustamante <dualbus>
Thu 19 Feb 2015 06:39:29 PM UTC, original submission:

$ test_fun()
trap 'echo returned $?' RETURN
false # exit status is 1
return 2
$ test_fun
returned 1

I intuitively expected the above to print 2 instead of 1.

The bash man page states "Any command associated with the RETURN trap is executed before execution resumes after the function or script." This is a bit vague, but it seems to imply that the RETURN trap should run after the `return` command is complete (since the `return` command is part of the function and the RETURN trap runs "after the function"), which would imply that $? should be set to the exit status of the return command in the RETURN trap. So, the documentation seems to back up my intuition here...

The problem I was actually trying to solve was to write a trap that ran only if the function returned an error. An ERR trap would have been run if any command within the function returned an error, which was not what I wanted. So, I simply wrote a RETURN trap which checked $?, but $? did not give me the return status of the function.

Is there a reason for the current behavior? Could it be changed such that $? in a RETURN trap gives the return status of the function?

Paul Donohue <paulsd>


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