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Re: dircolors database documentation

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: dircolors database documentation
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 12:07:41 +0200
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address@hidden (Eric Blake) writes:

> A related problem - right now, ls parses an infinite number of digits
> in octal and hex escapes.  It would probably be wiser if we changed
> it to parse only up to what will fit in MAX_CHAR, then end the escape.
> The upshot of this is that with 8-bit char, ls parses "\477" as '\47' '7',
> rather than overflowing an 8-bit char.  Then on the dircolors side,
> we would have to turn NUL into \000 instead of just \0 to ensure
> that we don't misparse the dircolors input 'NUL' '5' into the ls
> character '\05'.

How about adopting the C rule of parsing and use at most 3 digits in octal


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