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Re: quoting in heredocs zsh vs. /bin/sh

Greg Steuck <greg-openbsd-ports_(_at_)_y2004_(_dot_)_nest_(_dot_)_cx> wrote:

> cat >>conftest.$ac_ext <<_ACEOF 
> ... stuff
>         printf("(found \"%s\")... ", lua_version()); 
> ... more stuff
> executing this fragment with /bin/sh results in:
>         printf("(found "%s")... ", lua_version()); 
> executing with /bin/zsh results in:
>         printf("(found \"%s\")... ", lua_version()); 
> Is OpenBSD ksh doing the right thing here?

Apparently not.  Hmm.

SUSv3 says:
  If no characters in [the delimiter] are quoted, all lines of the
  here-document shall be expanded for parameter expansion, command
  substitution, and arithmetic expansion.  In this case, the backslash
  in the input behaves as the backslash inside double-quotes (see

>From this I would say that our shell actually does the right thing.
Alas, no other shell agrees.  I quickly checked Solaris sh, FreeBSD sh,
ksh88, bash2.  They all preserve the backslashes.

> Should the test be fixed or the shell?

Well, in the short term you'll be better off changing the test.

Christian "naddy" Weisgerber                          naddy_(_at_)_mips_(_dot_)_inka_(_dot_)_de