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Thursday July 08, 2004
09:58 AM

Secrets of the Bash

[ #19753 ]
I came across this:

:()} :|:&};:

I can't really say for sure what it does (on the bash), but I do know it is *not* recommended.

What I'd like to know is:

a) What does it do, and how?

b) What should I read in order to understand these things better? Would man bash suffice?



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  • At least I think so... :-)

    You define a function like this:

    name ( ) { list ; }

    So, the first thing it is doing is defining a function named : that does :|:& ...

    Then, it runs that function...

    And then, I have to use brute force (or better yet, the magic button) to restore (ab)normality... :-)

    Am I right? :-)