Something funny about Windows

Mike McCarty mike.mccarty at
Fri Dec 16 21:33:07 UTC 2005

Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-12-16 at 14:56, Mike McCarty wrote:
>>>On Fri, 2005-12-16 at 11:55, Mike McCarty wrote:
>>>>>Normally, I'd suggest ./test and expect that to work reliably across
>>>>>Unix-like operating systems.
>>>>Possibly. The word "test" is reserved in some shells.
>>>It's a built-in, which means only that it is found ahead of a PATH
>>>search for executables.  You can still specify the path to a
>>>real executable if you want.
>>Umm... read what I wrote. It is a built-in for bash. I did not
>>specify bash. I have used a shell in which "test" is a reserved
>>word, and could be used only under restricted contexts, and didn't
>>mean what you probably think it meant. It put the shell into
>>a "debug mode" of operation. So I'm simply exercising caution
>>in the "expect it to work reliably across Unix-like operating
>>systems" part of the quote.
> I thought we were talking about unix-like shells.  That is

The exact words you quoted above state "Unix-like operating

> not a unix-like shell behavior.  At least not one that is
> anything like the default (bourne) shell since 1977 or so.


I didn't see the words "unix-like shell behavior" in what
you just quoted, so I didn't respond to those words. I did
repond to the words I saw used.

I see no reason not to exercise caution in raising expectations
in people's minds about the behavior of software across multiple
platforms in unspecified circumstances.

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