On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 5:59 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:

> Ah, I see why *that* wants to know about it ... I think.  I suppose you're
> arguing that variable expansion shouldn't be able to insert, say, an \else
> in a non-active branch?  Maybe, but if it can insert an \else in an active
> branch, then why not non-active too?  Seems a bit inconsistent.

The major reason was avoiding situations like what Daniel showed: where
value of a variable that is meaningless/undefined in the current
false-block context gets expanded anyway, and thus code inside a false
block has effects outside of that block. Granted, his example was
contrived. I'm open to removing that feature and seeing what breaks in the
test cases.

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