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Re: Why is path not a -aUT type?

On 2023-04-02 00:56, Daniel Shahaf wrote:

Yes.  $path is non-unique by default for interoperability with the OS
zsh was created on.
To be clear, that was an April Fools' Day prank.  See the rest of this thread
for serious answers.

Thanks for coming clean, I bought it hook, line and sinker.  I was even going to post a 'thanks' because I love those historical anecdotes, they often give insight into the cultural foundations of various things that are otherwise hard to understand.  And it would have been so completely believable if that story had been true.  There are, after all, backdoors into half the softwares out there, no?  I like to say that zsh is like the London street map -- not always exactly logical but there are quaint, historical reasons for it and if you know the history it's easier to make peace with the fact that you are entirely lost.

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