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Re: unsigned int for loop in bash

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: unsigned int for loop in bash
Date: Sun, 02 Feb 2014 16:09:52 -0500
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On 2/1/14, 11:36 AM, Mathieu Malaterre wrote:
> As reported at:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21500367/bash-for-loop-with-unsigned-integer
> I am getting a weird behavior in bash. Would it be possible for the
> next release of bash to not get a SIGSEV ?

Well, you're attempting to use a ridiculous amount of memory, so no
solution is really going to be perfect.  Bash-4.3 has a couple of things
to avoid calling abort(3) when allocation fails in this situation, but
what happens after that depends on your malloc implementation.  Even
when bash calls free() on all the memory it allocates attempting the
expansion, that memory will only go back to the kernel under a small set of
circumstances, and some malloc implementations are much better at that
than others.  You might find that there is not enough memory left to do
anything but exit.


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                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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