local variables in bash

Levi Pearson levi at cold.org
Fri Feb 13 10:31:21 MST 2009


Levi Pearson <levi at cold.org> writes:

> Merrill Oveson <moveson at gmail.com> writes:
>
>> My original question was:
>>
>> Would doing this in the C shell solve this problem?
>>
>> If so, and forgive my ignorance, does the C shell have all the usual easy to
>> do: mkdir, mv, awk, sed, etc - capabilities?
>
> No, it wouldn't solve the "problem", which exists in pretty much all the
> languages of the shell era.  It would also give you even more problems,
> because csh is even more broken than other shells.
>
> If you want a modern scripting language, use a modern scripting
> language.  Shells ain't it.

Actually, I take that back.  A google search has told me that ksh93
specifies static scoping (see q28):
http://www.kornshell.com/doc/faq.html

So, there you go, you just need a half-decent shell.

                --Levi



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