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

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 19:14:41 EST 2010

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> 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.

Wow this is pretty sweet. We do have some outstanding completion
bugs/features though that we might want to incorporate in addition to

Can someone look into it more and put a total package together (or a
series of patches) that get us exactly where we want to be? I do
apologize for getting broken software out there, even if it is only in


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