When String Becomes Dangerous


Try this command:

mkdir -p "$HOME/tmp/tmp" && cd "$HOME/tmp/tmp"
touch echo stuff
*

If your results are anything like mine, the terminal should print stuff. The shell expands * as echo stuff, which is a valid command.

This is what happens when the only native data type for the shell is String.

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