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sr #107734: Brace expansion should not be done in POSIX mode

Submitted by:  Neil Mayhew <neil_mayhew>
Submitted on:  Tue 05 Jul 2011 07:02:55 PM UTC  
Category: NonePriority: 5 - Normal
Severity: 3 - NormalStatus: Wont Do
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: OpenOperating System: None

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Wed 25 Mar 2015 02:58:01 PM UTC, comment #2:

Not a bug, close.

Eduardo Bustamante <dualbus>
Tue 22 Nov 2011 12:38:20 AM UTC, comment #1:

Bash's posix mode doesn't mean that it does only what the Posix specification says. It changes the default behavior where it differs from what Posix specifies to obey the standard. Brace expansion is not mentioned in the standard, and Posix shell implementations are free to do whatever they like to words of the form {a,b,c,d}.

Chet Ramey <chet>
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Tue 05 Jul 2011 07:02:55 PM UTC, original submission:

Brace expansion isn't in the POSIX shell specification, but bash still does it in POSIX mode. Not only is this incorrect, it causes annoying incompatibilities with other shells that <em>are</em> POSIX-compliant, such as dash on Debian/Ubuntu. My system should behave the same regardless of whether /bin/sh is symlinked to bash or to dash, and a script with a shebang of #!/bin/sh should have fully POSIX-compliant behaviour in both cases.

Neil Mayhew <neil_mayhew>


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