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From: Junio C Hamano <>
Cc: Jeff King <>, John Passaro <>
Subject: [PATCH] run-command: report exec failure
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:46:07 +0900	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

In 321fd823 ("run-command: mark path lookup errors with ENOENT",
2018-10-24), we rewrote the logic to execute a command by looking
in the directories on $PATH; as a side effect, a request to run a
command that is not found on $PATH is noticed even before a child
process is forked to execute it.

We however stopped to report an exec failure in such a case by
mistake.  Add a logic to report the error unless silent-exec-failure
is requested, to match the original code.

Reported-by: John Passaro <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

 * Strictly speaking, the failure that is diagnosed by the spawned
   child is reported with die() and prefixed with "failure:"; I am
   adding error_errno(), so this will be reported with "error:"
   prefix, which is a slight change in behaviour, but I am guessing
   that this should be OK.

 run-command.c          | 2 ++
 t/ | 9 ++++++---
 2 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/run-command.c b/run-command.c
index d679cc267c..e2bc18a083 100644
--- a/run-command.c
+++ b/run-command.c
@@ -728,6 +728,8 @@ int start_command(struct child_process *cmd)
 	if (prepare_cmd(&argv, cmd) < 0) {
 		failed_errno = errno;
 		cmd->pid = -1;
+		if (!cmd->silent_exec_failure)
+			error_errno("cannot run %s", cmd->argv[0]);
 		goto end_of_spawn;
diff --git a/t/ b/t/
index cf932c8514..9c83d44d9c 100755
--- a/t/
+++ b/t/
@@ -13,11 +13,13 @@ cat >hello-script <<-EOF
 test_expect_success 'start_command reports ENOENT (slash)' '
-	test-tool run-command start-command-ENOENT ./does-not-exist
+	test-tool run-command start-command-ENOENT ./does-not-exist 2>err &&
+	test_i18ngrep "cannot run" err
 test_expect_success 'start_command reports ENOENT (no slash)' '
-	test-tool run-command start-command-ENOENT does-not-exist
+	test-tool run-command start-command-ENOENT does-not-exist 2>err &&
+	test_i18ngrep "cannot run" err
 test_expect_success 'run_command can run a command' '
@@ -33,7 +35,8 @@ test_expect_success 'run_command is restricted to PATH' '
 	write_script should-not-run <<-\EOF &&
 	echo yikes
-	test_must_fail test-tool run-command run-command should-not-run
+	test_must_fail test-tool run-command run-command should-not-run 2>err &&
+	test_i18ngrep "cannot run" err
 test_expect_success !MINGW 'run_command can run a script without a #! line' '

             reply	other threads:[~2018-12-11  5:46 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-12-11  5:46 Junio C Hamano [this message]
2018-12-11 10:23 ` Jeff King
2018-12-11 12:31 ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-12-11 12:50   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-12 15:27     ` John Passaro
2018-12-13  8:10       ` Jeff King
2018-12-12 18:36     ` [PATCH v2] " Junio C Hamano
2018-12-13  8:08       ` Jeff King
2018-12-13  8:17         ` Junio C Hamano
2018-12-13 11:15       ` Johannes Schindelin

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