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Re: variable assignment in a script using globsubst

Vincent Stemen wrote:
> Any idea why this works from the command line,
> $ setopt globsubst
> $ files=/bin/c*; echo $files
> /bin/cat /bin/chflags /bin/chio /bin/chmod /bin/cp /bin/csh
> but in a script, it does not?
> The script works if I set globassign in the script, but it assigns it
> as an array rather than a string.  However, the manual says, this
> about globassign.
>     "This option is provided for backwards compatibility only"
> Am I overlooking some other option that could be affecting it?

No, it must simply be that you have globassign set interactively, e.g.
in .zshrc or /etc/zshrc.  It always assigns an array; you'll find
in the interactive case $files[1] is /bin/cat.  It's "for backwards
compatibility only" exactly because of this confusion: the syntax says
"scalar", but the glob says "array".


is the right way to do this.

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