Re: problems writing a large file to DVD+R Double Layer disk
On Tue 24 Apr 2007 02:31:53 NZST +1200, Thomas Schmitt wrote:
> There are two old forms of for-loops:
> for i ; do
Current bash lists it as valid syntax, so it's not "old".
> I cannot read from any man pages the correctness of
> for i in ; do
Read the man bash again. It's the in being present, but the item list
> which seems to be somehow ignored by modern bash.
Good thing too. As the loop is iterated for each item specified after
in, and none are specified, the expected, pardon me, necesssary, result
is to not loop at all. No surprise there. man bash even explicitly
If the expansion of the items following in results in an empty
list, no commands are executed, and the return status is 0.
> I got an antiquity online (some SuSE 6.x):
> $ uname -a
> Linux * 2.2.13 #1 Mon Nov 8 15:51:29 CET 1999 i686 unknown
> $ for i in ; do echo $i ; done
> bash: syntax error near unexpected token `;'
The syntax is valid, therefore the shell is buggy. It works fine on ksh,
ash, pdksh on openSUSE 10.2.
2.2.13 allows to deduce the SUSE version to be 6.3. That in turn allows
to look up the bash version to have been bash-2.03-24. (If you want to
get package info of many historic SUSE versions, download the
susegrep-data packages from my website.)
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