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From: Emily Shaffer <>
Cc:, Emily Shaffer <>
Subject: [RFC PATCH] grep: provide sane default to grep_source struct
Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 19:00:23 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

grep_buffer creates a struct grep_source gs and calls grep_source()
with it. However, is null, which eventually produces a
segmentation fault in
grep_source()->grep_source_1()->show_line() when grep_opt.status_only is
not set.

This seems to be unreachable from existing commands but is reachable in
the event that someone rolls their own revision walk and neglects to set
rev_info->grep_filter->status_only. Conceivably, someone might want to
print all changed lines of all commits which match some regex.

Signed-off-by: Emily Shaffer <>

I ran into this issue while I was working on a tutorial on rolling your
own revision walk. I didn't want to print all the lines associated with
a matching change, but it didn't seem good that a seemingly-sane
grep_filter config was segfaulting.

I don't know if adding a placeholder name is the right answer (hence RFC

Jonathan Nieder proposed alternatively adding some check to grep_source()
to ensure that if opt->status_only is unset, gs->name must be non-NULL
(and yell about it if not), as well as some extra comments indicating
what assumptions are made about the data coming into functions like
grep_source(). I'm fine with that as well (although I'm not sure it
makes sense semantically to require a name which the user probably can't
easily set, or else ban the user from printing LOC during grep). Mostly
I'm happy with any solution besides a segfault with no error logging :)

Thanks in advance for everyone's thoughts.

 grep.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/grep.c b/grep.c
index 0d50598acd..fd84454faf 100644
--- a/grep.c
+++ b/grep.c
@@ -2045,7 +2045,7 @@ int grep_buffer(struct grep_opt *opt, char *buf, unsigned long size)
 	struct grep_source gs;
 	int r;
-	grep_source_init(&gs, GREP_SOURCE_BUF, NULL, NULL, NULL);
+	grep_source_init(&gs, GREP_SOURCE_BUF, _("(in memory)"), NULL, NULL);
 	gs.buf = buf;
 	gs.size = size;

             reply	other threads:[~2019-05-16  2:00 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-16  2:00 Emily Shaffer [this message]
2019-05-16  3:07 ` [RFC PATCH] grep: provide sane default to grep_source struct Junio C Hamano
2019-05-16  3:13   ` Jonathan Nieder
2019-05-16  3:11 ` Jonathan Nieder
2019-05-16 21:05   ` Emily Shaffer
2019-05-16 21:44 ` [PATCH v2] " Emily Shaffer
2019-05-16 22:02   ` Jeff King
2019-05-21 23:52     ` Emily Shaffer
2019-05-22  0:17       ` Jonathan Nieder
2019-05-22  0:34   ` [PATCH v3] " Emily Shaffer
2019-05-22  0:58     ` Jonathan Nieder
2019-05-22  4:01     ` Jeff King
2019-05-23 20:23     ` [PATCH v4] grep: fail if call could output and name is null Emily Shaffer
2019-05-23 20:34       ` Jonathan Nieder
2019-05-28 17:57         ` Junio C Hamano

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