[clug] Bash questions...

Angus Gratton gus at projectgus.com
Sun May 1 20:40:58 MDT 2011

On Sun, 2011-05-01 at 11:39 +1000, steve jenkin wrote:
> But without doing my usual, v. simple:
>  echo "--------------------------------------------------" :-)

I realise this is something of a thought exercise, and that many
solutions have the tongue firmly in the cheek, but as I read it I keep
thinking of my favourite programming quote:
        "Programs must be written for people to read, and only
        incidentally for machines to execute." 
        — H. Abelson

and none of the alternatives really stacks up to the original in
readability. It's simply very, very obvious what echo "------------"
does. :)

Although, there's always:

alias horizontal_separator='echo "--------------------------------------------------"'




echo $DASHES

or, for the brevity-conscious

alias sep---='echo "--------------------------------------------------"'



- Angus

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