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Jan
16
comment Why doesn't the tilde (~) expand inside double quotes?
@cuonglm: that's like telling your kids, when they ask why the sky is blue, that it's blue because the blue wavelengths are hitting their retinas. It's true and gives the immediate reason, but a useful and satisfying reason has to go deeper to give a real reason rather than the immediately preceding cause in a long causal chain. The initial cause in a long chain is more useful than the immediately preceding cause, or at least one further back to give a logical reason than just "because that's the way it works".
Jan
16
comment Expand ~, . and `..`
. is not a directory name, unless you issue mkdir '.'
Jan
16
comment Expand ~, . and `..`
. is not (the name of) a directory either, but ~ refers to your home directory as . refers to the current directory and .. refers to the parent directory.
Jan
16
comment Why doesn't the tilde (~) expand inside double quotes?
The workaround for ~otheruser shows what a bad idea it was to treat ~ differently than variables and other things that are expanded inside double quotes.
Jan
16
comment Why doesn't the tilde (~) expand inside double quotes?
This is very non-intuitive. What is the reason they chose to do this? (This answer doesn't actually give the reason, but rather just points to the standard, but presumably the standard was written that way for a reason.)
Jan
6
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
29
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Dec
22
accepted When using zsh tab-completion, Ignore CDPATH if a local file or directory matches
Dec
22
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
20
asked When using zsh tab-completion, Ignore CDPATH if a local file or directory matches
Dec
11
accepted Why is $COLUMNS not listed by either env or set? (on zsh)
Dec
10
comment Why is $COLUMNS not listed by either env or set? (on zsh)
aha: set | grep --text COLUMNS gives it to me. If you post an answer with as much explanation as you can (or as is reasonable, if you could write volumes), I'll accept it.
Dec
10
comment Why is $COLUMNS not listed by either env or set? (on zsh)
zsh --version gives me zsh 5.0.2 (x86_64-apple-darwin13.0). I quadruple checked, but I'm not getting it.
Dec
10
revised Why is $COLUMNS not listed by either env or set? (on zsh)
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Dec
10
asked Why is $COLUMNS not listed by either env or set? (on zsh)
Dec
4
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Nov
25
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Nov
19
revised parametric aliases in csh to add export command
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Nov
19
comment how to run multiple versions of one shell on a single machine
Okay... they have parametric aliases, but the syntax is a %!#&$. I'm trying to get one working, in another question.
Nov
19
asked parametric aliases in csh to add export command