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Re: Refering to overlaid variable from within a function

On Fri, 10 Sep 2010 02:13:20 -0400
Phil Pennock <zsh-workers+phil.pennock@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The problem I have is that I just noticed that I can't use sets named
> "a", "b", "c", "name" because those are variables local in the suite
> of set manipulation functions.
> Is there a way to refer to variables as they exist in the context of
> the caller of a function, so that you can use a name but not have to
> worry about the caller's names?
> Otherwise, my options are to not name the sets inside the functions,
> which gets even harder to read, or to use __setmanip_<varname>s and
> just rely on that not conflicting, but I'm wondering if there's a
> cleaner way of doing this?

I don't think there is a clean way of doing this.  The variable code is one
of the parts that could do with a complete overhaul to make it maintainable
but without breaking its current functionality, which is a bit like
completely replacing the jam layer in a sponge cake with marmalade without
breaking the cake.

In the past I've used _-names and sometimes (yuk) positional parameters.

I'm not sure how hard it is to add a parameter flag to ensure any parameter
retrieved has a local level less than that of the current function.
Without looking I think it's one of those things where it's easy to do the
basic cases and very hard to do completely consistently.


P.S. except of course the cake is a lie.

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