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bug#17640: grep with -m reads the entire input

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#17640: grep with -m reads the entire input
Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 08:56:32 -0700

On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 10:45 PM, Marc Aldorasi <address@hidden> wrote:
> With grep 2.18, the -m option would cause grep to stop reading input
> after printing the requested number of matching lines.  With version
> 2.19, grep reads the entire input before exiting.  Interestingly, grep
> does not read the entire input if the -c or -C0 options are added in
> addition to -m, and also when using -l or -q instead of -m.  I believe
> this is caused by commit 5122195.

Thanks a lot for the report.  Just in time.
I confirm that it's a bug introduced in 2.19.
To test, run "seq 1000000 > million", then
 "strace -e read grep 0 million" first using grep-2.18
(shows just a few read syscalls), and then with 2.19,
which shows grep reading the entire million-line file.

Here's an incomplete patch.  Obviously there's a lot more
to be added, including NEWS and a nontrivial test. This
was introduced by commit v2.18-140-g6f07900

Attachment: grep-m-patch.txt
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