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Re: creating associative arrays

On Tue, Dec 11, 2001 at 07:45:22PM +0100, Akos Szalkai wrote:
> I am trying to fill an associative array from a file.  If the name of
> the file is fixed, e.g. array.txt then the following works:
> : ${(AA)dict::=$(<array.txt)}
> However, if the filename is given in a parameter then the command:
> : ${(AA)dict::=$(<${filename})}
> gives the error
> zsh: bad set of key/value pairs for associative array.

Sorry for having a conversation with myself here, but I realized that it
has to do with splitting.  If in the second case I use
: ${(AA)=dict::=$(<${filename})}
or anything similar, like
: ${(AA)dict::=${(z)$(<${filename})}}
it all works.  Thinking about it (hopefully with a clearer head than last
night) the error message seemed to be the correct behavior.

However, the question remains: why did the first case (with the filename
given directly instead of by a parameter) work then?


Akos Szalkai <szalkai@xxxxx>
IT Consultant
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