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Re: bash string-operator problem




On 2/21/19 2:17 PM, Lee wrote:

>>
>> One equal sign ('=') should be used instead of two equal signs ('==').
> 
> The man page for test says you're correct, but just out of curiosity
> -- why do two equal signs work?

Use of [ ... == ... ] is a bash extension. It works in bash, but is not
portable to other /bin/sh (notoriously == fails in dash, and is not
required by POSIX).

Oddly enough, POSIX is considering standardizing a common subset of [[;
in that case, [[ ... = ... ]] is non-portable, and the proposal only
documents [[ ... == ... ]] as being valid.  For more than you ever
wanted to know, read http://austingroupbugs.net/view.php?id=375

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