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Re: [Nmh-workers] I'm confused

From: Jon Steinhart
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] I'm confused
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:27:01 -0700

address@hidden writes:
> David Levine <address@hidden> writes:
> >Norm wrote:
> >
> >> I'm working on the attach, alist, detach, etc. write up. So I'm
> >> exploring them some.
> >
> >> So clearly quite a few bash constructs are allowed. So, I had
> >> thought that the code somehow invoked bash (or csh or whatever)
> >> itself to do the parsing, but I guess I was wrong.
> >
> >The code does use the user's shell (${SHELL-/bin/sh}).  So the
> >documentation shouldn't rely on whatever that is.
> >
> >Let's assume the user's shell is bash.  whatnow does this:
> >
> >bash -c "ls <args>;"
> >
> >where <args> are your args to attach.
> >
> >It then prepends the current working directory to each
> >relative pathname in the result.
> But before that, it has to parse the "result", a string, into path names. How
> does it do that. That is, what is the path separator? According to the 
> comment on
> lines 436 et. al. of uip/whatnowsbr.c in the 1.5 source tree, the path 
> separator
> is a single new line. Correct?
>     Norman Shapiro

There is no "parsing".  "ls" returns results one-per-line when the output isn't
to a terminal.

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