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Re: do not interpret special characters

On Mon, 3 Mar 2008 09:48:47 +0100
Eric Smith <Eric.Smith@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> How do I temporarily set zsh not to interpret and ~ < characters
> on the command line but to pass them directly to my script? 
> (for now I - tediously -  use backslash)

You can alter the line in accept-line,

  accept-line() {
    emulate -L zsh
    setopt extendedglob


    zle .accept-line
  zle -N accept-line

Obviously this has a dire effect on anything other than the simplest
command lines.  You turn it off with:

  zle -A .accept-line accept-line

However, I haven't been able to think of a general way of detecting whether
the < or ~ is already quoted (the above is just a hack to look for a
preceding backslash).  Using the utility function split-shell-arguments
that's now distributed with the shell you can quote *all* metacharacters,
if you don't mind the quoting on the line being rewritten in the shell

  accept-line() {
    emulate -L zsh
    setopt extendedglob

    local -a reply
    local REPLY REPLY2 unquote
    integer i

    autoload -U split-shell-arguments

    for (( i = 2; i <= ${#reply}; i += 2 )); do
      if [[ $unquote != ${(q)unquote} ]]; then
        # if there's anything worth quoting, use double quotes

    zle .accept-line
  zle -N accept-line

Note you'll get extra "" pairs if the original splitting thought the
words were different despite the lack of whitespace.  That's fixable
by checking the odd words in $reply which are the white space ($reply[1] is
at the start of the line, $reply[-1] at the end).  (This is why I didn't
use '' since that will break with RC_QUOTES set.)

I discovered a bug looking at this:

  print -r -- ${(Q)unquote}

prints nothing with the latest version of the shell.  Something funny is
happening in string token extraction that I don't understand (there's some
obscure trick and there are no comments explaining what it's supposed to be
doing).  I'll report on this separately.

Peter Stephenson <pws@xxxxxxx>                  Software Engineer
CSR PLC, Churchill House, Cambridge Business Park, Cowley Road
Cambridge, CB4 0WZ, UK                          Tel: +44 (0)1223 692070

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