[pacman-dev] [PATCH] bash_completion: remove absolute utility paths again

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Thu Feb 25 18:56:05 EST 2010

On 26/02/10 08:57, Cedric Staniewski wrote:
> On 25.02.2010 23:44, Allan McRae wrote:
>> On 26/02/10 08:23, Cedric Staniewski wrote:
>>> The location of the used utilities may and does differ between various
>>> distributions and therefore absolute paths do not work well. Since the
>>> main purpose of its introduction was to avoid side-effects caused by
>>> aliases, it is sufficient to disable possible aliases temporarily by
>>> preceding the commands with a backslash.
>> That seems fine to me.  Just one check.  How long has that syntax been
>> available (i.e. is it a bash4ism)?
>> Allan
> Just tested it on GNU bash, version 3.2.39(1)-release and it works. So I
> guess it's safe to use.

Well, I am happy using this then.  The lack of documentation for this 
feature may be a slight concern, but given it has been supported by bash 
for a long time, I think we can rely on it.


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