I have this line in a function I'm adapting from a bash function into zsh function:

local info=( $(command df -P $fs | awk 'END{ print $2,$3,$5 }') )

Whenever I call it in the func I get this:

mydf:9: bad pattern: info=( 712687280

But when I call it from the shell I get the expected answer:

$ info=($(command df -P $fs | awk 'END{ print $2,$3,$5 }'))
$ echo $info                                                                                      
712687280 166242288 25%

I am 2 days into zsh so I'm a little ignorant as to what's causing the problem.


Put the assignment on a separate line from the local definition:

local info
info=( $(command df -P $fs | awk 'END{ print $2,$3,$5 }') )
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    Could you please elaborate why the separate line is needed? I see it is working on zsh 5.1.1 (Cygwin), but fails on 5.0.2 (Linux). – Alexander Groß Dec 21 '15 at 0:36
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    @AlexanderGroß when declaring and setting a local variable in a single command, apparently the order of operations is to first set the variable, and only afterwards restrict it to local scope. Try this: – Chauncey Garrett Jan 29 '16 at 19:33
  • local unexpected=$(exit 1) && echo $? # 0 – Chauncey Garrett Jan 29 '16 at 19:37
  • local expected && expected=$(exit 1) && echo $? # 1 – Chauncey Garrett Jan 29 '16 at 19:38

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