$ bang() ( eval let N=1 N*={1..$1} ; echo $N; )

Nov. 29, 2019, 9:06 p.m.CK


Using let, this takes advantage of its mathematical functions and argument-based variable assignments to serially overwrite the last known value of N with the product of N and the next integer generated by the expansion of {1..$1} into a list of incremental numbers. However, the order in which things are expanded and substituted means that {1..$1} would fail to expand into a list without using the eval command. It provides a layer of globbing that, once the shell has substituted in the value of the parameter $1, will allow the braces to expand.

Thus the expression passed to eval is equivalent to:

let N=1 N=N*1 N=N*2 N=N*3 ... N=N*$1