svn commit: r218344 - stable/8/bin/sh

Jilles Tjoelker jilles at
Sat Feb 5 21:02:13 UTC 2011

Author: jilles
Date: Sat Feb  5 21:02:13 2011
New Revision: 218344

  MFC r216630: Explain why it is a bad idea to use aliases in scripts.

Directory Properties:
  stable/8/bin/sh/   (props changed)

Modified: stable/8/bin/sh/sh.1
--- stable/8/bin/sh/sh.1	Sat Feb  5 21:00:35 2011	(r218343)
+++ stable/8/bin/sh/sh.1	Sat Feb  5 21:02:13 2011	(r218344)
@@ -462,9 +462,10 @@ would become
 Aliases provide a convenient way for naive users to
 create shorthands for commands without having to learn how
 to create functions with arguments.
-They can also be
-used to create lexically obscure code.
-This use is discouraged.
+Using aliases in scripts is discouraged
+because the command that defines them must be executed
+before the code that uses them is parsed.
+This is fragile and not portable.
 An alias name may be escaped in a command line, so that it is not
 replaced by its alias value, by using quoting characters within or

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