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bug#1642: grep fails with "Can't exec program"


From: David L
Subject: bug#1642: grep fails with "Can't exec program"
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 07:40:52 -0800

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 11:32 PM, Chong Yidong <address@hidden> wrote:
>> I grepped through a large list of files and intermittently
>> got an error "Can't exec program" instead of matches.
>
> Please provide an exact recipe for reproducing this bug, starting with
> `emacs -Q'.  Thanks.
>

The problem is intermittent, and I was unable to reproduce it
at all this morning.  But I'll provide you with something as similar
as I can to the environment I usually see the problem in without
providing you with my company's source code.  I've attached a
.el file named "filenames.el".  If I run emacs like this:

emacs -l filenames.el

Then do:

esc-x my-grep

and enter some string to grep for, it sometimes fails with "Can't exec program".

>From what I can determine, execvp is failing in callproc.c, but I don' know
why this would be intermittent:

  execvp (new_argv[0], new_argv);
  emacs_write (1, "Can't exec program: ", 20);

I'm not sure if the problem is reproducible with the attached file, but it
is basically the same thing as what I'm doing when I see the problem.
My project makefile generates a list of all of the source files in the
application and when I want to find a string in the source files, I use the
my-grep function to search for it (I find this more convenient than
tags search).

Thanks,

            David

Attachment: filenames.el
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