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Re: Setting IFS='*' causes bash to freeze on tab completion

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Setting IFS='*' causes bash to freeze on tab completion
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 10:59:49 -0400
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On 7/1/16 8:23 AM, Ibrahim M. Ghazal wrote:

> Bash Version: 4.3
> Patch Level: 42
> Release Status: release
> Description:
> If you set IFS='*' in an interactive shell, then try to use tab
> completion, bash freezes and doesn't respond to any keyboard input.
> Running top from a different bash instance shows the first bash is
> consuming 100% CPU. The only way to kill it is by kill -9.
> Repeat-By:
> 1- Start an interactive bash.
> 2- IFS='*'
> 3- Type echo followed by space and then press tab twice.
> 4- Bash freezes.

This is not a problem with bash; it is a bug in the bash-completion
package.  You might consider filing a bug report with those package
maintainers or with your vendor.  (They might tell you that the
assignment to IFS was not a wise thing to do.)

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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