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sr #110850: Bash dies when given: compgen -c > >(__notfound)

Submitter:  Stephane Zermatten <szermatt>
Submitted:  Wed 08 Mar 2023 03:41:52 PM UTC
Category:  None Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  2 - Minor Status:  Works For Me
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Operating System:  GNU/Linux
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Tue 14 Mar 2023 07:59:32 PM UTC, comment #3: 

The shell does not crash. It receives a fatal signal (SIGPIPE) and exits.

Chet Ramey <chet>
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Tue 14 Mar 2023 07:44:27 PM UTC, comment #2: 

This is not a problem. Once you know about it, it's easy to check beforehand that the function exists.

It is, however, surprising behavior. Bash doesn't habitually crash when given commands it doesn't like. It just outputs an error message. It's a bug - though an obscure and hard to trigger one - which is why I reported it.

Stephane Zermatten <szermatt>
Tue 14 Mar 2023 07:24:51 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Well, bash gets a SIGPIPE because it tries to write to a pipe for which there is no reader. That's a fatal signal, for which the default disposition is terminating the process.

Process substitution uses pipes to read from and write to the  process.

If this is a problem, you can set a trap on SIGPIPE, or test that __notfound (in this example) exists before trying to use it in a process substitution.

Chet Ramey <chet>
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Wed 08 Mar 2023 03:41:52 PM UTC, original submission:  

The following seems to cause bash to crash or exit after issuing the error message:

$ bash --norc
bash-5.2$ compgen -c > >(__notfound)
bash: __notfound : commande introuvable

This affects all versions of Bash I tried, from 4.4.18 to 5.2.15 on Linux and macos.

Stephane Zermatten <szermatt>


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