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bug#30116: [PATCH] `substitute' crashes when file contains NUL character

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: bug#30116: [PATCH] `substitute' crashes when file contains NUL characters (core-updates)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:17:45 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)

Maxim Cournoyer <address@hidden> writes:

> address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
>> Maxim Cournoyer <address@hidden> skribis:
>>> I've encountered the following crash when trying to use substitute on a
>>> file which contains NUL characters:
>> Yes, that’s because Guile’s ‘regexp-exec’ simply wraps libc’s ‘regexec’,
>> which does not handle NULs.
>> We should consider switching to the pure-Scheme SRFI-115:
>>   https://srfi.schemers.org/srfi-115/srfi-115.html
> This looks good, and I started looking into porting `substitute' to it,
> but quickly noticed it doesn't seem to be implemented in Guile yet?

Indeed.  SRFI-115 for Guile is on my TODO list, although it might be
better to wait until after we switch to using UTF-8 encoding internally
for strings, since that will drastically affect the implementation of
any efficient regexp matcher on Scheme strings.

Anyway, 'substitute*' is to be used only on text files, and NUL bytes
are not a valid textual character.  So, I think that this case is
outside of what 'substitute*' is meant to do, and therefore not a bug in
'substitute*', although of course a more graceful error would surely be

What do you think?


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