Bug 869442 - uniq -c crashes while "uniq -c" from GNU Coreutils OK.
Summary: uniq -c crashes while "uniq -c" from GNU Coreutils OK.
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: coreutils
Version: rawhide
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ondrej Vasik
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-10-23 22:21 UTC by Shlomi Fish
Modified: 2013-03-12 08:51 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2013-01-23 09:08:07 UTC
Type: Bug

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Input Causing uniq -c to crash after compressed with xz. (354.56 KB, application/octet-stream)
2012-10-23 22:21 UTC, Shlomi Fish
no flags Details

Description Shlomi Fish 2012-10-23 22:21:59 UTC
Created attachment 632427 [details]
Input Causing uniq -c to crash after compressed with xz.

Description of problem:

With the attachment, doing:

unxz < uniq-c.crash.txt.xz | uniq -c

generates an indication of a Segmentation fault on both Mageia 2 x86-64 and
Mageia Cauldron x86-64. This does not happen with unxz < uniq-c.crash.txt.xz |
~/apps/temp-coreutils/bin/uniq -c (where this uniq was installed using
"./configure --prefix="$HOME/apps/temp-coreutils" ; "make" ; "make install"
from the GNU coreutils sources).

The file contains a long line of items separated by CRs, due to a
mis-generation (which was since fixed) but uniq still should not crash.

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. unxz < uniq-c.crash.txt.xz | uniq -c
Actual results:


Expected results:

Correct output returned.

Additional info:

See https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7592

After some amount of investigation (thanks to Luigi12_work from IRC for
some insights), we found out that the problem was with
coreutils-8.19-new-i18n.patch patch. If we remove it, do "bm -l -p" and run
"./configure --prefix ; make ; make install", then the unxz < ... |
~/apps/temp-coreutils-rpm/uniq -c works fine. With all patches applied it

This patch is identical to this Fedora patch:


Comment 1 Ondrej Vasik 2012-10-24 07:33:09 UTC
Thanks for report, confirmed. You can just use 'LC_ALL=C uniq -c' to disable the multibyte path for this case.

Comment 2 yu.valery+bugzilla 2013-01-22 14:28:46 UTC
It also affects sort and join

Comment 3 Ondrej Vasik 2013-01-22 20:20:20 UTC
SUSE fix is to use xmalloc and free instead of alloca ... makes sense - https://build.opensuse.org/package/rdiff?linkrev=base&package=coreutils&project=Base%3ASystem&rev=173 is the link to the commit. I'll make an update tomorrow.

Comment 4 Ondrej Vasik 2013-01-23 09:08:07 UTC
Fixed in Rawhide - coreutils-8.20-6.fc19 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/scm-commits/2013-January/933514.html . CLOSING RAWHIDE (will prepare updates for lower Fedoras based on #902917)

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2013-01-30 16:18:45 UTC
coreutils-8.15-10.fc17 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 17.

Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2013-03-12 08:51:09 UTC
coreutils-8.15-10.fc17 has been pushed to the Fedora 17 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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