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From: "Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <>
To: Matthew Hughes <>
Subject: Re: segfault on invalid 'git grep' invocation
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 20:53:56 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210628121748.f3yrc72v4mynknl3@debianXPS.lan>

On Mon, Jun 28 2021, Matthew Hughes wrote:

> Hi all,
> It's my first time writing to this mailing list, so apologies in advance
> for any mistakes/faux pas.

Thanks a lot for the report, and welcome.

> Summary
> =======
> Segfault seen when running:
>     $ ./git grep --and -e 'pattern' -- not_a_path
> Expected Behaviour
> ==================
> The above invocation doesn't appear particularly valid to me, I
> accidentally ran it while editing a command. Not sure if this needs
> addressing, but perhaps the expected behaviour would be an error message
> about it not being valid?
> Compare with, running without '--':
>     $ ./git grep --and -e 'pattern' not_a_path
>     fatal: ambiguous argument 'not_a_path': unknown revision or path not in the working tree.
>     Use '--' to separate paths from revisions, like this:
>     'git <command> [<revision>...] -- [<file>...]'
> Running with a valid path:
>     $ ./git grep --and -e 'pattern' -- common-main.c
>     fatal: Not a valid grep expression
>     $ ./git grep --and -e 'pattern' common-main.c
>     fatal: Not a valid grep expression

The exact segfault you've found is found at least back to Git version
2.0.0, so it's been with us for a while.

The problem is that you're trying to --and two things, but did not
provide two things. We apparently never checked for this, and then
segfault in the cleanup, thinking an --and must imply that we have two

I haven't looked deeply, but think that the reason it segfaults just
with not_a_path is that we then proceed to die() in something that
should probably be a BUG() instead as we can't grep in the
expected-but-not-there pattern at runtime.

Giving it a pathspec that doesn't exist means we never run the "real"
grep, but we do run the cleanup, hence the segfault.

  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-28 18:58 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-28 12:17 segfault on invalid 'git grep' invocation Matthew Hughes
2021-06-28 18:53 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason [this message]
2021-06-28 18:58 ` [PATCH] grep: report missing left operand of --and René Scharfe
2021-06-29 17:52   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-06-29 18:35     ` René Scharfe
2021-06-30 16:12 ` [PATCH v2] " René Scharfe

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