Eric S. Raymond
Wed, 16 Apr 2003 12:11:23 -0400
Fred L. Drake, Jr. <email@example.com>:
> Gustavo Niemeyer writes:
> > Ok, I'll check if there's an easy way to "turn" shlex into shellwords.
> Is there any real objection to simply fixing shlex to get it right?
> I'm guessing that the divergence from shell quoting was more a matter
> of implementation expedience and a feeling that it was "good enough"
> for whatever original application it was written for.
That is correct. I originally wrote shlex as the parser logic for a .netrc
module. I would have no intrinsic objection to having this behavior fixed,
though there is of course the general problem of how much we value not
breaking old code.
<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>