bash getopts() builtin loops endlessly - local OPTIND or other variable clobering global special variable

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A script with a shell function that has a local OPTIND or other variable interferes with the global special OPTIND or other named variable.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7

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