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bug#22427: Odd behaviour of sed with n/N and line ranges

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#22427: Odd behaviour of sed with n/N and line ranges
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:45:44 +0800

On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 4:02 AM, Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
> This message came up on the POSIX list today, claiming GNU sed has a bug:
> On 01/21/2016 12:02 PM, Rob Landley wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 4:38 AM, Geoff Clare <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> I'm seeing this with versions of sed derived from System V:
>>> $ printf '%s\n' a b | sed -e n -e '2s/b/c/'
>>> a
>>> c
>>> $ printf '%s\n' a b | sed -e n -e '1,2s/b/c/'
>>> a
>>> b
>> Having recently implemented toybox sed from the posix spec, that's
>> what my implementation is producing too.
>> You have to match the first line of a range in order to activate the
>> range (numeric works same as /ascii/ that way). Since the above skips
>> past the first line, you never activate the range, so later lines
>> don't trigger the range contents either,
>> The gnu behavior is wrong. Replace the 1 with /a/ and the logic may be
>> easier to follow
>> (But hey, at least the gnu guys finally fixed "sed p - -" segfaulting
>> when it freed stdin the second time...)

Thanks to both of you.
I'll certainly take a look before the upcoming release.

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