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bug #26701: if there are any funny characters, * no longer matches in certain locales

Submitted by:  jidanni
Submitted on:  Wed May 27 21:20:32 2009  
Category: findSeverity: 3 - Normal
Item Group: NoneStatus: Confirmed
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: James Youngman <jay>
Originator Name: Open/Closed: Open
Release: NoneFixed Release: 4.4.1

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Sat Sep 8 09:25:58 2012, comment #10:

Please ignore my previous comment, I forgot to call setlocale. So my system fnmatch fails here, too.

Lars Noschinski <cebewee>
Sat Sep 8 08:17:59 2012, comment #9:

Also, it seems that on my system, find does not use gnulib's fnmatch (as there is no fnmatch.o file lying around after build), and the system fnmatch works fine, i.e. the test program outputs "Match!" in all the locales I tested (en_US.UTF-8, de_DE.UTF-8, C).

$ cat /home/lars/tmp/fnmatch/src/testfnm.c
#include <config.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include "fnmatch.h"

int main(void) {
char *str = "Die_Toten_Hosen_-_Mein_groe\337ter_Feind.ogg";
char pat = "Feind*";
int r = fnmatch(pat, str, 0);

printf("STRING: %s\n", str);
printf("PATTERN: %s\n", pat);
if (r == 0)
else if (r == FNM_NOMATCH)
printf("No match!\n");
printf("Error %d", r);
return 0;

Lars Noschinski <cebewee>
Sat Sep 8 06:33:27 2012, comment #8:

This bug is still there in findutils-4.5.10. While looking for the current state of fnmatch in gnulib, I found that you encountered this problem already in 2005 and from the state of discussion, it seemed that it was fixed back then?


(I have no idea about automake and hence was not being able to test gnulib's current fnmatch implementation).

Lars Noschinski <cebewee>
Sat Apr 10 23:24:56 2010, comment #7:

Yes, this looks like a limitation in the gnulib (current as of just now) gnmatch implementation. Still occurs in find-4.5.8.

/tmp/testcase$ LC_ALL=zh_TW.UTF-8 /home/james/source/GNU/findutils/git/gnu/compile/64/find/find oo -name '*'|nl
1 oo
2 oo/Thumbs.db
/tmp/testcase$ LC_ALL=zh_TW.UTF-8 /home/james/source/GNU/findutils/git/gnu/compile/64/find/find oo |nl
1 oo
2 oo/��+R+�+ЪԦm�W�d++.pdf
3 oo/��+RRGB.jpg
4 oo/��+R����-���F�|+��ʽO+@�p.ai
5 oo/�]�p�z�+.pdf
6 oo/Thumbs.db
7 oo/��+R+�+�_A2.pdf
8 oo/��+R+�+��U��++.pdf

(reminder: if you don't have that charset installed, you will not be able to reproduce the problem)

James Youngman <jay>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Thu Apr 1 05:09:25 2010, comment #6:

All I know is the bug is on Debian extreme latest.
find (GNU findutils) 4.4.2

If it does exist for you in 4.4.2 but not later, then it is fixed.

However I just use Debian so don't send source.

Thu Apr 1 05:05:50 2010, comment #5:

Don't you see the attached test case files?

Here's even a new test case not in a file:
set -eu
mkdir -p $n; cd $n
#recode qp <<! SORRY MAN can't figure out recode syntax
perl -MMIME::QuotedPrint -nwle 'print decode_qp($_);' <<!|xargs touch
set -x
LC_ALL=zh_TW.UTF-8 find -name \*|nl
LC_ALL=C find -name \*|nl
find --version|head -n 1

Wed Mar 31 07:40:28 2010, comment #4:

Please provide a short shell script which reproduces the problem.

James Youngman <jay>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Fri Dec 4 17:28:07 2009, comment #3:

All that's lacking here is a short shell script to reproduce the problem on a recent findutils version (for example 4.5.5).

James Youngman <jay>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Mon Nov 16 19:19:16 2009, comment #2:

I too have come across this problem when writing scripts to convert my m4a files into mp3's. The files were generated on windows but behave the same regardless of fstype.

find (GNU findutils) 4.4.2 on ubuntu 9.10

The "?" map to various special German characters (umlauts, etc.). I have attached a tar file.


find .
./1-01 Prelude.m4a
./1-08 Das sch�ne Fest, Johannistag.m4a
./2-04 La� sehn, ob Meister Sachs zu H.m4a
./2-09 �ble Dinge, die ich da merk.m4a
./3-06 Gr�� Gott, mein Junker!.m4a
./4-01 Das Gedicht_ hier lie� ich's.m4a
./4-02 Gr�� Gott, mein Evchen!.m4a
./4-03 Weilten die Sterne im liebliche.m4a

find . -name "*m4a"
./1-01 Prelude.m4a
./4-03 Weilten die Sterne im liebliche.m4a

(file #19070)

John Bonnen <jbonnen>
Sun Jul 12 10:10:29 2009, comment #1:

This might be a limitation of the fnmatch() implementation, but even if so it may well be possible to do better here. The first thing we'll need is a reproducible test case (I can probably convert that into a regression test case).

Could you provide a short shell script which generates a file with a suitable name and demonstrates the problem?

James Youngman <jay>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Wed May 27 21:20:32 2009, original submission:

If there are any funny characters, * no longer matches in certain locales:

$ LC_ALL=zh_TW.UTF-8 find -name \*|wc -l
$ LC_ALL=C find -name \*|wc -l
$ find --version
find (GNU findutils) 4.4.1
$ ls|qp-encode



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file #19070:  testcase.tar added by jbonnen (10kB - application/x-tar)
file #18418:  test.sh added by jidanni (393B - application/x-sh - Run This Test Case)


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