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Re: Filename Expansion bug

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Filename Expansion bug
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2020 10:09:46 -0500
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On 1/8/20 2:34 AM, Mickael KENIKSSI wrote:

I found a bug regarding how pathnames are processed during filename
expansion. The result for non-normalized path-patterns may get mangled in a
such a way that it becomes inconsistent and unpredictable, making it
useless for string comparison or any kind of string manipulation where
having it in the exact same form as the pattern is required.

How to reproduce :

$ mkdir -p a/b/c d/e/f g/h/e; printf '%s\n' .////*//*///////*

This is correct from a filesystem perspective but not from a string
perspective, where you'd need each of the computed path as-is:


You're not going to get the path with multiple slashes preceding
pattern characters, because the pathname has single slashes, those
slashes are, as POSIX says, "explicitly matched by using one or
more <slash> characters in the pattern," and the matched pathnames
that replace the pattern don't have multiple slashes.

The reason that the three leading slashes aren't removed is that those
directory names don't have any pattern characters and are left
unchanged. Since the kernel's filename resolution treats multiple
slashes the same as a single slash, the constructed pathname matches
what's in the file system.

That means, for instance, you have a directory `.////' and a pattern `*'.
You opendir `////' and read it for every filename matching `*' (a, d, g),
construct the pathnames, and go on with the rest of the pattern.

The intermediate runs of multiple slashes get removed as part of the
matching algorithm, as described above. They're essentially null pathname

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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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