#! syntax for xmlsh

On unix, *nix, linux and MacOS systems (all the same but in name only as far as I'm concerned), the #! syntax is a favorite to make an interpreter script execute as a native command.

One may look to the common

Example: myscript
echo Hello World

Which is a shell script which can be run as if it were a native executable.


Hello World

So how to do the same with xmlsh ?
The Nieve (and I admit I was nieve) is to simply do the same for xmlsh.
All documentation on Unix, Linux and MacOS implies it should work

xecho <[ "Hello World" ]>

But alas this doesnt work !

./myscript: line 2: syntax error near unexpected token `newline'
./myscript: line 2: `xecho <[ "Hello World" ]>'

What is going on here ? It appears that *nix systems do not like interpreters which are themselves scripts.
I experimented with many cases and found that if the "executable" after the #! is a script instead of a native executable then it simply is ignored. I cannot find this documented anywhere ( reference requested !)

To work around this, however, is easy once you know why it fails.

#!/bin/sh /usr/local/bin/xmlsh
echo <[ "Hello World" ]>

This works great because the 'executable" is /bin/sh. It has no performance impact because that is the execuable which would be invoked if /usr/local/bin/xmlsh were run as an interpreter anyway (it starts with #!/bin/sh itself).

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