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authorzerkous <zeurkous@volny.cz>2021-09-06 14:28:54 -0700
committerBart Schaefer <schaefer@ipost.com>2021-09-06 14:28:54 -0700
commita6139bb0a9392c2c90071e7f4013af6e93ceae6c (patch)
treeee85ba9ecb24a6ff6de80918034005a19fd0067b /Doc
parent8ffcdc48248bff14f301a44525f954af5e7a8dee (diff)
49154: clarify status on exec failure
Diffstat (limited to 'Doc')
1 files changed, 15 insertions, 8 deletions
diff --git a/Doc/Zsh/exec.yo b/Doc/Zsh/exec.yo
index 5f79967de..2b3d29500 100644
--- a/Doc/Zsh/exec.yo
+++ b/Doc/Zsh/exec.yo
@@ -14,9 +14,20 @@ a shell builtin by that name, the builtin is invoked.
vindex(path, use of)
Otherwise, the shell searches each element of tt($path) for a
-directory containing an executable file by that name. If the
-search is unsuccessful, the shell prints an error message and returns
-a nonzero exit status.
+directory containing an executable file by that name.
+If execution fails: an error message is printed, and one of the
+following values is returned.
+sitem(127)(The search was unsuccessful. The error message is
+`tt(command not found:) var(cmd)'.)
+sitem(126)(The executable file has insufficient permissions, is a
+directory or special file, or is not a script and is in a format
+unrecognized by the operating system. The exact conditions and error
+message are operating system-dependent; see
If execution fails because the file is not in executable format,
and the file is not a directory, it is assumed to be a shell
@@ -29,10 +40,6 @@ not handle this executable format in the kernel.
If no external command is found but a function tt(command_not_found_handler)
exists the shell executes this function with all
command line arguments. The return status of the function becomes the
-status of the command. If the function wishes to mimic the
-behaviour of the shell when the command is not found, it should
-print the message `tt(command not found:) var(cmd)' to standard error
-and return status 127. Note that the handler is executed in a
+status of the command. Note that the handler is executed in a
subshell forked to execute an external command, hence changes to
directories, shell parameters, etc. have no effect on the main shell.