Bug#885938: Parameter substitution highlighting when dash provides /bin/sh

James McCoy jamessan at debian.org
Mon Jan 1 04:07:58 UTC 2018

Hi Charles,

Given this shell script

  echo ${FOO#bar}

the # is highlighted as an error when /bin/sh is provided by dash.  This
is a similar issue to one I had reported before with process

That was fixed by adding an '|| exists("b:is_posix")' check before
defining shCommandSub.  The attached sh.vim-param.diff implements a
similar fix for shDerefOp.

However, I wonder if there's a better fix for these issues.  They were
introduced by the sh.vim update from v147 to v151 (https://github.com/vim/vim/commit/91c4937be15b0b743b6bc495df602c1abbff6b87#diff-3684eb3d10603a1e201bf60108720b02).

Prior to that sh.vim update, the g:is_* variables would be set based on
the detected shell (g:is_posix for dash).  After that, the buffer-local
variables would be set, which would result in b:is_kornshell being set.

  if executable("/bin/sh")
   let s:shell = resolve("/bin/sh")
  elseif executable("/usr/bin/sh")
   let s:shell = resolve("/usr/bin/sh")
  if     s:shell =~ 'bash$'
   let g:is_bash= 1
  elseif s:shell =~ 'ksh$'
   let g:is_kornshell = 1
  elseif s:shell =~ 'dash$'
   let g:is_posix = 1
  if !exists("b:is_kornshell") && !exists("b:is_bash")
   if exists("g:is_posix") && !exists("g:is_kornshell")
    let g:is_kornshell= g:is_posix

After that sh.vim update, b:is_posix is set when dash is detected, which
bypasses the g:is_* variable -> buffer-local conversion, so now dash is
operating with b:is_posix and b:is_sh set instead of b:is_kornshell.

Would it be better to revert that part of the sh.vim update or possibly
set both b:is_kornshell and b:is_posix for dash?  Then ksh specific code
could check for is_kornshell and !is_posix.

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