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bug #31928: grep should exit(2) when memory is exhausted

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Sun 19 Dec 2010 04:55:49 AM UTC  
 
Category: NoneSeverity: 3 - Normal
Item Group: NoneStatus: Fixed
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: Closed

Mon 20 Dec 2010 03:14:29 PM UTC, comment #1:

Thank you for the bug report. This bug has been fixed in the
development sources, which can be downloaded using git from
git://git.sv.gnu.org/grep.git

Paolo Bonzini <bonzini>
Sun 19 Dec 2010 04:55:49 AM UTC, original submission:

When grep exhausts memory due to trying to read()
or mmap() a large binary file, it prints

grep: memory exhausted

on stderr, then exits with exit status, 1.

I expect the failure, but I believe that
it should exit(2), or something greater than 1,
in order to distinguish this type of failure
from simply a failure to find a match.

The EXIT STATUS section of the man page for grep
says that grep exits with 2 (or greater) in case
of errors, so I believe this is a bug, in the
sense that grep does not behave according to its
documentation. But, even if the man page were
not explicit about that, grep ought to make it
possible for errors to be distinguished from the
case where no matches are found.

-- Guy Shaw

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