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Bug 102450 - watch -d reports spurious changes
watch -d reports spurious changes
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: procps (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Daniel Walsh
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-08-15 05:46 EDT by Kasper Dupont
Modified: 2005-10-31 17:00 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-02-11 08:35:01 EST
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Description Kasper Dupont 2003-08-15 05:46:06 EDT
Description of problem:
The watch command can show the output from a program periodically.
The -d option is intended to highlight changes. In some cases chars
are highlighted eventhough they have not changed.

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How reproducible:
Happens every time.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. watch -d head /proc/sys/kernel/random/*
Actual results:
Parts of the first filename is highlighted.

Expected results:
Only the changing file contents should be highlighted.

Additional info:
The problem seems to be related to the length of the
command line.
Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2003-08-18 03:42:13 EDT
Nice email address. ;o)
Comment 2 Alexander Larsson 2004-02-05 05:44:24 EST
Mass reassign to new owner
Comment 3 Daniel Walsh 2004-02-11 08:35:01 EST
Fixed in 3.1.15.

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