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Bad error message printed when invalid expression specified

From: Dave Wilson
Subject: Bad error message printed when invalid expression specified
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 10:43:08 +0000

Configuration Information [Automatically generated, do not change]:
Machine: i386
OS: linux
Compiler: gcc -I/usr/src/packages/BUILD/bash-2.05
Compilation CFLAGS:  -DPROGRAM='bash' -DCONF_HOSTTYPE='i386' 
-DCONF_OSTYPE='linux' -DCONF_MACHTYPE='i386-suse-linux' -DCONF_VENDOR='suse' 
-DSHELL -DHAVE_CONFIG_H  -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64  -I. -I/usr/include -I. 
-I./include -I./lib -I/usr/include -O2 -m486 -mcpu=i486 -march=i486 
-D_GNU_SOURCE -Wall -pipe
uname output: Linux dial 2.4.4 #4 Wed Nov 28 05:20:27 GMT 2001 i686 unknown
Machine Type: i386-suse-linux

Bash Version: 2.05
Patch Level: 0
Release Status: release

   I was playing with the shell arithmetic stuff, and happened to type an
   invalid expression inside the extended for loop. It turned my terminal into
   gobbledegook (fixed with /usr/bin/reset). I assume this is trying to
   display a long as a string or something dopey? I leave it in your hands =]

   I had also (in the same shell, I believe) used
   exec 5> /tmp/screens/S-root/somescreen.pid 6< /tmp/scre..n.pid
   Bash is a wonderful thing to play with, keep up the great work =]

   man bash
   [ooh! that looks good, let's try it out..]

   [121:fd]# for (( a=0 ; a <= 50 ; a++ 2 )) ; do echo $a; done
                                        ^ error lay here
   [ I think I was in /proc/$$/fd/ at the time ]   

   The error message returned is below in hex (xxd -p -r to decode), I captured
   it using &> redirect, if that changes anything. This error message is not
   one of the ones that made the terminal go nuts.


Other system info (I suppose no script is perfect ;):


processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model  : 8
model name : Celeron (Coppermine)
stepping : 6
cpu MHz  : 668.194
cache size : 128 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug  : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu  : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 2
wp  : yes
flags  : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx 
fxsr sse
bogomips : 1333.65


Linux version 2.4.4 (address@hidden) (gcc version 2.95.3 20010315 (SuSE)) #4 
Wed Nov 28 05:20:27 GMT 2001

        total:    used:    free:  shared: buffers:  cached:
Mem:  61882368 56864768  5017600        0 13639680 25784320
Swap: 43343872   151552 43192320
MemTotal:        60432 kB
MemFree:          4900 kB
MemShared:           0 kB
Buffers:         13320 kB
Cached:          25180 kB
Active:           4884 kB
Inact_dirty:     32780 kB
Inact_clean:       836 kB
Inact_target:       16 kB
HighTotal:           0 kB
HighFree:            0 kB
LowTotal:        60432 kB
LowFree:          4900 kB
SwapTotal:       42328 kB
SwapFree:        42180 kB

May I also add, I could reproduce it reliably, with it corrupting my terminal
maybe every other time.. different memory addresses?


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