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Re: zsh function declaration bug

On Thu, 2019-01-31 at 07:11 -0600, dana wrote:
> On 30 Jan 2019, at 11:46, Mitchell Gildenberg <mgild@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > ➜ mgild $ l(){ echo "hello"}
> > zsh: defining function based on alias `ls'
> > zsh: parse error near `()'
> Presumably you have an alias l=ls, which is being expanded because the l in
> l() { ... } is considered to be in command position. workers/40300 made this
> an error by default, since the expansion behaviour is generally unexpected
> If you don't need the l alias, you can just unalias it. Otherwise it will
> work with the function key word like you said, or if you put the definition in
> a file rather than entering it at the command line. But i'm guessing you don't
> actually want an alias and a function with the same name anyway

Yes, this is described in the FAQ, quoted at the bottom (it lives in the
source distribution in the Etc directory, or at
http://zsh.sourceforge.net/FAQ/).  This was written before you got the
error message when this happened.

The new error is basically there to tell you "you don't want to do
this".  The old behaviour --- silently defining functions based on
aliases --- was almost never what you wanted.


There is one other serious problem with aliases: consider

    alias l='/bin/ls -F'
    l() { /bin/ls -la "$@" | more }

  `l' in the function definition is in command position and is expanded
  as an alias, defining `/bin/ls' and `-F' as functions which call
  `/bin/ls', which gets a bit recursive.  This can be avoided if you use
  `function' to define a function, which doesn't expand aliases.  It is
  possible to argue for extra warnings somewhere in this mess.

One workaround for this is to use the "function" keyword instead:

    alias l='/bin/ls -F'
    function l { /bin/ls -la "$@" | more }

  The `l' after `function' is not expanded.  Note you don't need
  the `()' in this case, although it's harmless.

You need to be careful if you are defining a function with multiple
  names; most people don't need to do this, so it's an unusual problem,
  but in case you do you should be aware that in versions of the shell
  before 5.1 names after the first were expanded:

    function a b c { ... }

  Here, `b' and `c', but not `a', have aliases expanded.
  This oddity was fixed in version 5.1.

The rest of this item assumes you use the (more common,
  but equivalent) `()' definitions.

Bart Schaefer's rule is:  Define first those aliases you expect to
  use in the body of a function, but define the function first if the
  alias has the same name as the function.

If you aware of the problem, you can always escape part or all of the
  name of the function:

     'l'() { /bin/ls -la "$@" | more }

  Adding the quotes has no effect on the function definition, but
  suppresses alias expansion for the function name.  Hence this is
  guaranteed to be safe---unless you are in the habit of defining
  aliases for expressions such as 'l', which is valid, but probably

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