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handling of ints/longs

From: roberto@
Subject: handling of ints/longs
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 18:53:02 -0400 (EDT)


I just upgraded to RedHat 7.3 on a test machine and am playing with it
before deploying the new image to our labs.  We have a bunch of things
that depend on timestamp files, the contents of which are generated by
something like:

/bin/date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S

If I issue that command right now I get:


Which is obviously much bigger than a signed long (sizeof(long) is 4)

On the old RedHat 6.2 machines (GNU bash, version 1.14.7(1)) our scripts
work.  On the new RedHat 7.3 machine, they fail.  I realize it has to do
with the big numbers being truncated and that it's likely that you "fixed"
bash to conform to what it says on the man pages, but we have a lot of
these scripts that still run under Solaris and IRIX and finding and
changing them is going to be a nuisance.  Is there anything I can do to
change the behaviour of bash back to what it was (we actually invoke it as
/bin/sh)?  I'm assuming that this is not a bug but a feature.


Roberto Mansoni                                   Phone (416)978-5898
Systems Administrator, ECF                        Fax   (416)978-7320
University of Toronto                  email  address@hidden
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"It is preferable not to travel with a dead man."   --- Henri Michaux


p3.ecf% cat stamp1 stamp2
p3.ecf% cat stamptest
let first=`/bin/cat ./stamp1`
let second=`/bin/cat ./stamp2`

echo stamp1 is $first
echo stamp2 is $second

if [ $first > $second ]; then
        echo $first is greater than $second
if [ $first < $second ]; then
        echo $first is less than $second


p3.ecf% bash -version
GNU bash, version 2.05a.0(1)-release (i686-pc-linux-gnu)
Copyright 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
p3.ecf% ./stamptest2
stamp1 is 20020710142335
stamp2 is 20020710142344
./stamptest2: [: 20020710142335: integer expression expected
./stamptest2: [: 20020710142335: integer expression expected


p6.ecf% bash -version
GNU bash, version 1.14.7(1)
bash$ exit
p6.ecf% ./stamptest2
stamp1 is 20020710142335
stamp2 is 20020710142344
20020710142335 is less than 20020710142344

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