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NAMEeval --- construct command by concatenating arguments
DESCRIPTIONThe eval utility shall construct a command by concatenating arguments together, separating each with a <space> character. The constructed command shall be read and executed by the shell.
OPERANDSSee the DESCRIPTION.
STDERRThe standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.
EXIT STATUSIf there are no arguments, or only null arguments, eval shall return a zero exit status; otherwise, it shall return the exit status of the command defined by the string of concatenated arguments separated by <space> characters, or a non-zero exit status if the concatenation could not be parsed as a command and the shell is interactive (and therefore did not abort).
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORSDefault.
The following sections are informative.
APPLICATION USAGESince eval is not required to recognize the dq--dq end of options delimiter, in cases where the argument(s) to eval might begin with '-' it is recommended that the first argument is prefixed by a string that will not alter the commands to be executed, such as a <space> character:
eval " $commands"
eval " $(some_command)"
foo=10 x=foo y='$'$x echo $y $foo eval y='$'$x echo $y 10
RATIONALEThis standard allows, but does not require, eval to recognize dq--dq. Although this means applications cannot use dq--dq to protect against options supported as an extension (or errors reported for unsupported options), the nature of the eval utility is such that other means can be used to provide this protection (see APPLICATION USAGE above).
SEE ALSOSection 2.14, Special Built-In Utilities
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