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Bug 128345 - gawk: "str1 str2 | getline" no longer concatenates str1 str2
gawk: "str1 str2 | getline" no longer concatenates str1 str2
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gawk (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Thomas Woerner
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2004-07-21 19:20 EDT by George Hansper
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-08-06 07:33:15 EDT
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Description George Hansper 2004-07-21 19:20:19 EDT
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Description of problem:
In previous releases of gawk, the getline built-in would
operate, such that given:

   str1 str2 | getline var

The strings to the left of the '|' would be concatenated BEFORE
the command is executed.

The version bundled with Fedora Core 2 changes this behaviour,
and only the last component of the expression is executed as the

This appears to be a change in precedence, because:
  ( str1 str2 ) | getline var
works as expected, as does:
   1 + 4 | getline var
(this gives an error: "sh: line 1: 5: command not found")

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
gawk 'BEGIN { "ls" " -l " "/etc/fstab" | getline test; print test};'

Actual Results:  sh: line 1: /etc/fstab: Permission denied

Expected Results:  -rw-r--r--  1 root root 1229 Jul 21 12:12 /etc/fstab

Additional info:

This bug can cause existing, previously working, awk-scripts to fail.
It represents a change in the precendence of evaluation of gawk
Comment 1 Thomas Woerner 2004-08-06 07:33:15 EDT
Please have a look at

> "da" "te" | getline
> This command is ambiguous, as it can be interpreted like:
>        ("da" "te") | getline
> or
>        "da" ("te" | getline)
> Older versions of gawk took the former, while 3.1.2 and newer take
> the later.  (Search gawk's ChangeLog file for "getline".)
> POSIX documentation mentions this specific situation: it says that
> the behaviour is undefined, and that you have to parenthesize.

Closing as not a bug.

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