bugfindutils - Bugs: bug #49147, Tab character replaced by question...


bug #49147: Tab character replaced by question mark ("?") when locate outputs to tty

Submitted by:  Yuval S <yuvals>
Submitted on:  Wed 21 Sep 2016 11:13:23 AM UTC  
Category:  locate Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Wrong result Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Open
Release:  4.6.0 Fixed Release:  None

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Wed 21 Sep 2016 11:16:33 AM UTC, comment #1: 

The second call to `locate` should have `/path/to/locate` as well, of course. I used the exact same executable (4.6.0).

Yuval S <yuvals>
Wed 21 Sep 2016 11:13:23 AM UTC, original submission:  

Version: 4.6.0

What I am trying to do:
I added size information after a tab character at the end of each locatedb entry (this allows me to use locate to find files by size).

The exact command lines I was using: (up to absolute paths)

$ mkdir test-locatedb && cd test-locatedb
$ touch a b c d e f g
$ du -a | awk -v 'OFS=\t' '{print $2,$1}' | /path/to/frcode > test.locatedb
$ /path/to/locate --database=test.locatedb a
$ locate --database=test.locatedb a | cat
./a     1
./test.locatedb 1
$ /path/to/locate --version
locate (GNU findutils) 4.6.0

What I expected to happen:
I expect the tab character to be displayed when `locate` outputs results to the terminal.

What did happen:
`locate` replaces tabs with question marks ("?")

More information:
Output piped via `cat` should be identical to direct terminal output. Alternatively, the behavior should be documented in the `man` page.

Relevant code:

Yuval S <yuvals>


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