Bug 57709 - for a in; do ... done broken
for a in; do ... done broken
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: bash (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 2001-12-19 15:28 EST by H. Peter Anvin
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-12-19 16:13:48 EST
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Description H. Peter Anvin 2001-12-19 15:28:59 EST
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Description of problem:
RedHat 7.2 craps out on shell scripts that contain

for a in ; do


for a in $FOO; do

where $FOO is empty.  This is a common and useful construct.

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Actual Results:  bash gives a syntax error

Expected Results:  The loop body should be skipped completely.

Additional info:

This construct was accidentally forbidden from an earlier version of the
POSIX standard; that was corrected later in the standard by Defect Report.
 It looks like this might be a case of "standards bug causing software bug."

I'm setting the Severity to "high" because of the pervasiveness of this
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2002-01-04 11:43:38 EST
This has been fixed since 2.05a-1.
Until recently, there was no standard mandating this to work the way you
expected it to (there is now, fortunately), so there will not be an errata
update. Using the package from rawhide should not cause any problems, though.

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