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Re: Core dump with latest CVS

Bart Schaefer wrote:
> My concern is that "printability" shouldn't have anything to do with it.
> Programmatically, the expression
>     (( ${#:-X} == 1 && ${#(pl.width..X.)} == width ))
> should always be true.

OK, you're interpreting "width" differently... to me, that's a string
length, not a width at all.  It doesn't really matter as long as it's

So that would be the last option I posted, treat multibyte characters
but assume they have width 1 (or, in better English, use string lengths
rather than character widths for padding) unless there's an additional
flag.  I would propose to supply such a flag, if we go this way.

> I could see an argument that ${#(%pl.width.X)} could compute the padding
> based on printable width, because the presence of % means we're expanding
> prompt escapes so presumably we want printable values

I don't really see why a normal user would assume the expression
*didn't* deal with printable widths, but, again, that's mostly a matter
of documentation.

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