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Bug 59222 - grep not functioning properly in while loop
grep not functioning properly in while loop
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 19747
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: grep (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2002-02-02 14:26 EST by Brian Hanks
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:39 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-02-02 14:26:19 EST
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Description Brian Hanks 2002-02-02 14:26:14 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:0.9.7) Gecko/20011226

Description of problem:
The following code produces valid results from the command line but not in a
ksh,pdksh,bash,or zsh script:



cat ${servers_file} | while read server
  grep "${server}" ${file}

Include two host names in the servers.txt file.  Include two fields in the
testfile.txt, the first is a full path to any file and the second is a hostname
separated by a pipe delimiter.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Run the simple script and observe no result.
2.  Run from command line and observe valid results.


Actual Results:  It did not return valid data in the script.

Expected Results:  It should have produced the same results from both places.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2002-02-25 06:22:53 EST
grep is doing the right thing, your script isn't. 
You're expecting read to do things it actually doesn't, see "bug" #19747. 

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 19747 ***
Comment 2 Brian Hanks 2002-02-25 06:38:40 EST
Why does "read" not function the way I "expect" it to?  When I run this same
test on Solaris 7, Solaris 8, or HP-UX 11 it works exactly as I would "expect".
 Linux is the only place where I have this problem.
Comment 3 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2002-02-25 06:40:32 EST
See the discussion attached to bug 19747 - your script is not standards compliant, and if 
it works, it's because your shell accepts nonstandard behavior. bash doesn't.

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