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Re: Incompatibility when Zsh invoked as 'sh'

On Feb 4, 12:13am, DervishD wrote:
}     Well, the error is the '[*' pattern, which zsh says is a 'bat
} pattern'. Bash treats it as the regex 'match an opening bracket and
} anything after it', but zsh doesn't.

On Feb 3,  8:51pm, Dan Nelson wrote:
} ash does not complain; args starting with a bracket match the 1st case.
} pdksh-5.2.14 run as sh does not complain, but only the literal argument
}   [* matches.
} I don't have a link to the new Single Unix spec at the moment; what's
} it say?

Anyone who registers their email address can now get the latest Single
Unix spec on line; start at http://www.unix-systems.org/version3/

The spec says:

  When unquoted and outside a bracket expression, the following three
  characters shall have special meaning in the specification of patterns:

  ?   A question-mark is a pattern that shall match any character.
  *   An asterisk is a pattern that shall match multiple characters, as
      described in Patterns Matching Multiple Characters.
  [   The open bracket shall introduce a pattern bracket expression.

It goes on:

  Section 9.3.5, RE Bracket Expression shall also apply to the pattern
  bracket expression, except that the exclamation mark character ( '!' )
  shall replace the circumflex character ( '^' ) in its role in a "non-
  matching list" in the regular expression notation. A bracket expression
  starting with an unquoted circumflex character produces unspecified

Nothing in section 9.3.5 allows for an unmatched left-bracket to match a
literal bracket.  The description of the "case" construct doesn't make
any exception to this, either.

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