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Re: Incompatibility when Zsh invoked as 'sh'

"Bart Schaefer" wrote:
> 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.
> 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.

I suppose it's those shells' way of getting round the problem of treating a
single `[' as the start of a test without needing it quoted.  Zsh makes an
exception in that single case only; maybe the others make an exception for
any word starting with `['.  I certainly can't see any good reason for

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