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Re: [BUG] Bash segfaults on an infinitely recursive funcion

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: [BUG] Bash segfaults on an infinitely recursive funcion
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:37:48 -0400
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On 9/24/17 9:25 AM, Shlomi Fish wrote:
> Hi all,
> With bash git master on Mageia v7 x86-64, bash on Debian Stable and other
> reported sytems:
> address@hidden:~$ /home/shlomif/apps/bash/bin/bash -c 'run() { run; } ; run'
> Segmentation fault (core dumped)
> address@hidden:~$ 
> note that this is not a fork bomb as no processes are spawned, and it is also
> not an out-of-memory problem. I expect bash to fail on this, but it ought not
> to segfault.

This has come up many times in the past.

You wrote a recursive function that eventually exceeds your shell's
stack space allocation, and the kernel sends it a SIGSEGV.

If you want to constrain function recursion, look at the FUNCNEST
shell variable.

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

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