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Re: {fd}< and compound commands

On Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:21:48 +0100
Stephane Chazelas <stephane_chazelas@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> $ zsh -c '{echo foo >&$fd;}  {fd}> a'
> zsh:1: parse error near `{'
> (same for while/do/done constructs at least)
> Is that the expected behavior? I can't see it being documented.

It is documented now.  This is all complicated stuff with wide
implications for the parser; there's is no chance I will have to time to
change it myself.

> That would be useful in
> while read <&$fd var; do
>   ...
> done {fd}< file
> to avoid having to worry about overriding fds 3-9.

There's no code automatically to close file descriptors anyway.
Generally, that syntax isn't doing quite what the use of redirection
syntax would suggest; it's permanently opening a file descriptor, not
performing a possibly temporary redirection. You need to do:

local fd

  exec {fd}<file

  while read; do
  done <&$fd
} always {
  exec {fd}<&-

(although in this particular case there's nothing to stop you doing

while read var; do
done <file

but I presume you have something more complicated in mind.)

Peter Stephenson <p.w.stephenson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Web page now at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/p.w.stephenson/

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