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Provide a mechanism for writing safe wrappers to external commands #371

xiaq opened this Issue Jun 28, 2017 · 1 comment


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xiaq commented Jun 28, 2017

External commands mix options and arguments together, and this is a common source of errors. The following POSIX shell code breaks when there is any file whose name starts with a dash:

for f in *; do
  ls $f

The correct way is to always write ls -- $f, but that is cumbersome.

In Elvish options use the special &name=value syntax and are completely from arguments. It should be possible to wrap external commands. For instance, a "safe" version of ls can be used like this

ls &l # passes the "l" option; calls "e:ls -l"
ls -l # lists the "-l" file; calls "e:ls -- -l"
ls &l $x # calls "e:ls -l -- $x"

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ganeshi4u commented Jun 30, 2017

@xiaq i said don't inspire from others -_-

@xiaq xiaq added the comp:lang label Mar 20, 2018

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