Friday, May 2, 2008

Shell backticks deprecated!

I didn't know that till I saw this post on comp.unix.shell. For someone who still works on old Solaris boxes that is a shocker. In the nicest possible way.

But if you look at the thread, it appears that it is applicable only to the bash shell and more modern variants. For a minute, I thought it was something which was always there for older shells and only I didn't know about it.

At least, now that I know about it, I can safely use the new idiom with the Linux boxes that I get my hands on. But almost all my work environment is with customer's UNIX boxes which come with the default bourne shell which I cannot change.

So, while good to know, I think I shall have little use for it in my work environment