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Re: [bug-grep] egrep and fgrep script assume path

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: [bug-grep] egrep and fgrep script assume path
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 12:28:13 -0500
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Stepan Kasal <address@hidden> wrote:
> Autoconf manual warns that not all hosts have dirname, even though it
> doesn't mention any OS.  This claim could be still true.

sed, then?  This could handle the "case" test, too:

dir=`sed '
' <<EOT

The first four sed commands are there to handle paths with newlines:
all the input is collected into one buffer before the rest of the
processing.  This works for me with bash, pdksh, and /bin/sh on
{Free,Net,Open}BSD and Solaris.

> What does Solaris do with  ${0%/*} ?  I hope it expands to an empty string.

$ echo ${0%/*}
bad substitution
(Note there is no empty line; echo did not run at all.)

You could probe to see if it's supported like this:
if { : ${0%/*}; } 2> /dev/null; then ...
but that test itself will spawn an extra process on some shells (due
to redirections applied to a compound command), including Solaris

>   */*) dir=${0%/*}/

So this won't set dir at all.


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