Bug#848663: vim: sh syntax highlighting of command substitution $() is wrong

Francesco Poli invernomuto at paranoici.org
Fri Feb 24 18:10:41 UTC 2017

On Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:34:54 +0100 Bas Zoetekouw wrote:

> Hi,
> On 19/12/16 14:02, James McCoy wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:55:50AM +0100, Bas Zoetekouw wrote:
> >> Vim's currenr behaviour for syntax highlighting of shell scripts (with
> >> #!/bin/sh and /bin/sh pointing to dash) is to mark command
> >> substititions using the $(foo) construction as an error.
> > 
> > Not that I can see.
> I've just tried this with a clean strecht system (no ~/.vim* present):
> screenshot is attached.  The $(foo) is clearly marked as an error there
> (inverse colors in this color scheme), in the same way as real bashisms
> like $'' and ${foo%bar}.

I am another user bitten by this bug.

Indeed, $(foo) does not appear to be a bashism, yet it's incorrectly
marked as an error by vim, when found in a POSIX shell script.

$'foo' is an actual bashism, so marking it as an error in a POSIX shell
script is OK.

On the other hand, substring processing (${FOO%bar}, ${FOO%%bar},
${FOO#bar}, ${FOO##bar}) is not a bashism: the man page for dash(1)
states that it is supported and checkbashism does not complain...

Hence, I think vim should not mark it as an error.
Actually vim-runtime/2:7.4.488-7+deb8u2 (which is in jessie) correctly
highlights substring processing, as shown in the first attached
Unfortunately, vim-runtime/2:8.0.0197-2 (which is in stretch) wrongly
considers it as a syntax error in POSIX shell scripts, as shown in the
second attached screenshot.

The two screenshots were obtained (on jessie and stretch, respectively)

  $ view -u NONE test.sh

followed by

 :syn on 
 :set bg=dark

I am under the impression that this misbehavior is caused by the same
bug reported by Bas.
Dear Debian Vim Maintainers, would you like me to file a separate bug
report for this?
Please let me know.

At any rate, please fix the bug(s) and/or forward the report(s)
upstream, as appropriate.

Thanks for your time!

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