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Bug 62981 - misused option causes segfault
misused option causes segfault
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: patch (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-04-08 17:13 EDT by Peter Bieringer
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:41 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-04-09 09:36:18 EDT
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Description Peter Bieringer 2002-04-08 17:13:28 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.78 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.17-0.18 i686)

Description of problem:
Loks like option handling isn't proper

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
$ patch -V test
Segmentation fault

$ patch -v
patch 2.5.4

Expected Results:  Not a segfault

Additional info:
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2002-04-09 09:19:42 EDT
This boils down to the following test case:   
char program_name[] = "patch";   
#include <stdio.h>   
extern char *program_name;   
int main ()   
        fprintf (stderr, "%s\n", program_name);   
which also segfaults.  Jakub, is there any chance this is a compiler problem?
Comment 2 Jakub Jelinek 2002-04-09 09:36:13 EDT
No, it is a common programming bug.
char program_name[] = "patch";
is not equal to
char *program_name = "patch";
in C, likewise
extern char program_name[];
is not equal to
extern char *program_name;
The two must agree.
in the former case program_name symbol points to 'p' letter in "patch", in the
latter case program_name symbol points to a pointer which points to "patch".
Comment 3 Tim Waugh 2002-04-09 09:42:56 EDT
Okay, thanks.  Fixed package is 2.5.4-12.

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