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Re: Infinite loop generating terminfo.5 with bash 2.05

From: Samuel Mikes
Subject: Re: Infinite loop generating terminfo.5 with bash 2.05
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 16:10:41 -0600 (MDT)

>> Hi there,
>> I got an infinite loop while running MKterminfo.sh; read kept
>> returning '.ad'.  Below is the change I made to work around it.
>> My system is:

Thomas> that's odd (is it a bug in bash?  - I'm using bash 2.04 which
Thomas> is ok, though I recall that early bash2's were badly broken).
Thomas> Or maybe it's a problem with the sed script that feeds it.
Thomas> I'd first check to see what the sed script produces in
Thomas> $unsorted, to see if that's the problem.

$unsorted was finite. :)  Here's the tail end of both unsorted and
sorted, from a suspended make:

address@hidden:/mnt/hdc3/src/ncurses-5.2/man$ tail -3 unsorted2494
set_pglen_inch          slength sL      T{YI Set page length to #1 hundredth of 
an inchT}
address@hidden:/mnt/hdc3/src/ncurses-5.2/man$ tail sorted2494

It's definitely consistent behavior in bash (different file,
different version) -- at least on my box.  Apparently, read doesn't
change the value of 'data' unless it's successful, so the 'test -z'
never succeeds.  See below:

address@hidden:/tmp$ cat > test-bash
address@hidden:/tmp$ while true; do read data; test -z "$data" && break; done < 
<interrupted by ^C>
address@hidden:/tmp$ while read data; do test -z "$data" && break; done < 

The similar test with an 'echo -n $data' in the loop yields
foobarbazbazbaz... for case 1, and foobarbaz in case 2. 

>> GNU bash, version 2.05.0(1)-release (i486-pc-linux-gnulibc1) Linux
>> kernel 2.0.36 (Slackware dist)

  I also tested both my test files and MKterminfo.sh with an old
version of bash (1.13.1), and got the same results as with 2.05.

  Could it be something in the C library?  The one I have is

Sam Mikes

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