Bug 517627 - -w option ignored for files read after binary file, if -F option specified
Summary: -w option ignored for files read after binary file, if -F option specified
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: grep
Version: 12
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jaroslav Škarvada
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-08-15 10:41 UTC by Robin Green
Modified: 2010-04-13 10:32 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2010-04-13 10:32:02 UTC
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Description Robin Green 2009-08-15 10:41:55 UTC
Description of problem:
If the -F and -w options are supplied to grep, and one of the files to be read is binary, any files read subsequently will be searched as if the -w option had not been specified.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. /bin/grep -Fw hi /bin/ls <(echo hit)
Actual results:
Binary file /bin/ls matches

Expected results:
Binary file /bin/ls matches

Additional info:
A self-compiled binary of upstream grep 2.5.3 does not exhibit this bug, so this is very likely a bug in a Fedora modification to grep.

Comment 1 Robin Green 2009-08-15 12:56:23 UTC
This bug seems to only happen when the binary file contains a match.

Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2009-11-16 11:27:55 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 12 development cycle.
Changing version to '12'.

More information and reason for this action is here:

Comment 3 Robin Green 2010-03-05 06:59:43 UTC
This bug is not present in F13, in grep-2.5.4-1.fc13.i686. However, it is still present in F12, in grep-2.5.3-6.fc12.i686

Comment 4 Paolo Bonzini 2010-03-31 09:33:44 UTC
I cannot reproduce it with F12 on x86_64:

LC_ALL=C grep -Fw GNU /bin/ls <(echo GNUisance)
Binary file /bin/ls matches

(There's no "hi" in the 64-bit /bin/ls)

Comment 5 Robin Green 2010-03-31 13:41:15 UTC
Strange - the bug occurs for 2-character words, but not for a longer word I tried.

I suggest you use strings -a -2 to find a 2-character word, or copy the /bin/ls from a 32-bit system and use that.

Comment 6 Paolo Bonzini 2010-03-31 16:47:31 UTC

$ grep -Fw hX /bin/ls <(echo hXX)
Binary file /bin/ls matches
$ LC_ALL=C grep -Fw hX /bin/ls <(echo hXX)
Binary file /bin/ls matches

Comment 7 Robin Green 2010-03-31 17:06:06 UTC
Maybe the bug only occurs on i686 then? Or only on 32-bit platforms?

Comment 8 Jaroslav Škarvada 2010-04-13 08:01:02 UTC
Robin, do you try with latest grep-2.6.3-1.fc12 (recently pushed to stable)?


Comment 9 Robin Green 2010-04-13 10:24:29 UTC
(In reply to comment #8)
> Robin, do you try with latest grep-2.6.3-1.fc12 (recently pushed to stable)?

Just tried it - bug does not occur with that. Thanks!

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