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Re: errexit inconsistent behaviour with pipelines

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: errexit inconsistent behaviour with pipelines
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 21:53:38 -0400
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Marcin Owsiany wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 04:09:49PM -0400, Chet Ramey wrote:
>>> That's the case that's behaving correctly, even though it's not the
>>> way you want it to behave.  Neither case should terminate the shell.
>>> Only a simple command should terminate the shell, and a pipeline is
>>> not a simple command, even if its components are.  Chet is saying that
>>> the next bash release will fix this bug - meaning that "true | false"
>>> will no longer cause the shell to exit.
>> Yes.  I'm sorry that I was not as clear as I should have been.
> Oh, I certainly didn't expect it to be fixed this way :-)
> Will setting pipefail have any effect on this? If not, then is there a
> way to make bash abort when one of the pipeline components fails,
> without too much additional code?
> On the other hand, to match the documentation, you would also have to
> fix cases such as:
> set -e
> true && false
> echo done
> As they are not simple commands either, right? The manpage even
> explicitly says that it "does not exit if the command that fails is
> [...] part of a && or  ││ list".

That's true, except every other shell behaves this way.  It works for
compatibility.  I'm going to have to audit this stuff, at the very


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