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 function calls in tcsh

Hi Everyone,

I am having a little trouble with function calls in tcsh.

---- START


test() {



---- END

During runtime I receive the following error...

"Badly placed ()'s."

If you anybody can point me to the right direction would be greatly

- Abdul Bahar

 Sun, 17 Jul 2005 23:00:15 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh
In article <>,
Abdul R. Bahar <> wrote:

There are no shell functions in csh and tcsh.

The right direction is away from csh and tcsh.

< >
< >

Try zsh, ksh, or perhaps bash.

G?ran Larsson

 Sun, 17 Jul 2005 23:14:35 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh

ignore this plz.

i didn't know only bsh supported it

 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 01:56:45 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh

/bin/sh, as well as all /bin/sh-compatible shells (bash, ksh, zsh)
support it.


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 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 02:54:20 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh
In article <>,
Abdul R. Bahar <> wrote:

Not just bsh.  Also bash, sh, ksh, and just about every non-csh-derived

One of the many reasons why csh is a lousy scripting shell.  See
<> for more of them.

Barry Margolin,
Genuity, Woburn, MA
Please DON'T copy followups to me -- I'll assume it wasn't posted to the group.

 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 02:26:41 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh
Sorry about the error. I read about it early in the morning. In that
case my wording was incorrect when I used the word "only".

- Rajib

 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 03:48:14 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh
"Abdul R. Bahar" <> wrote in message <>...

The lack of [t]csh functions is the ultimate irony
given that csh was supposed to be C-like.  It is
missing what is probably one of the most important
features of C!  I personally would not even consider
programming in a language that did have functions
or some similar objects.  Would you?

Do you have files lying around that have "#!/bin/csh"
(or somesuch)as the first line?  You should seriously
consider changing the first line to "#!/bin/ksh"
(or somesuch) then converting the stuff inside those
files to something maintainable/portable and containing
modular implementation (functions).

C shell has been condemned 8 ways from Sunday, but
to me all it took was the glaring absence of functions.
Interactively it may be fine, but who wants to run
a particular shell as command interpreter (csh)
and program modules in a radically different shell
language?  Could this lead to a bad case of pathological
software schizophrenia?

Incidentally, one of my past professional tasks was
to move developers from 'csh' to 'ksh'.  They were
all very happy to say goodbye to 'csh'.  And many
were csh fanatics.  Never saw one that wasn't, come
to think of it.  Otherwise they wouldn't be still
using it.



 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 10:11:53 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh

The old Bourne shell didn't have functions either.
We just wrote a separate shell script.

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 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 11:28:35 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh

  Good point!  I  would have done the same
  without functions.  Amounts to augmenting the UNIX
  command set, doesn't it?  But the overhead?!  Probably
  worth it.  Wonder if the [t]csh folks use this trick?
  I haven't looked at that many [t]csh modules ... my
  nausea tolerance is minimal.  I knew early Bourne was
  functionless but never had the displeasure of bumping
  into Bourne that braindead. Wonder when it was Bourne
  got them.


 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 23:12:02 GMT   
 function calls in tcsh

That's what I did. You also had to do this if you wanted to pipe the
output into a for/while loop - because csh can't use redirection with
control structures. I developed a soft spot on my head for the C shell
- where I bashed it against the wall during moments like this.

I think AT&T Unix System V?

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 Tue, 19 Jul 2005 09:15:01 GMT   
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