March 12th, 2009 Denys Vlasenko wrote:

Plans to implement it — BASH like array support — eventually for ASH_BASH_COMPAT, yes. Need to have enough free time for that. (volunteers much welcomed)

Since which busybox version does its ash compiled with ASH_BASH_COMPAT enabled
include BASH like array support?

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    Does it support arrays? Dec 26, 2017 at 20:07

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It doesn't.

I just pulled the latest version at https://git.busybox.net/busybox/ and built it with ASH_BASH_COMPAT enabled. (It's enabled by default; see shell/Config.in).

$ bash -c 'a=(zero one two) ; echo ${a[2]}'
$ ./busybox ash -c 'a=(zero one two) ; echo ${a[2]}'
ash: syntax error: unexpected "("

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