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Bug 231019 - stat returns incorrect exit status
Summary: stat returns incorrect exit status
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: coreutils
Version: 4.4
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Tim Waugh
QA Contact:
: 249465 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-03-05 17:14 UTC by Bryn M. Reeves
Modified: 2018-10-19 21:08 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version: RHBA-2007-0786
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2007-11-15 16:09:22 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)
patch to set G_fail=1 in error branches (deleted)
2007-03-05 17:14 UTC, Bryn M. Reeves
no flags Details | Diff

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2007:0786 normal SHIPPED_LIVE coreutils bug fix update 2007-11-14 18:38:41 UTC

Description Bryn M. Reeves 2007-03-05 17:14:54 UTC
Description of problem:
Under a couple of error conditions, the stat(1) command incorrectly returns with

1. xreadlink returns NULL:
          char *linkname = xreadlink (filename);
          if (linkname == NULL)
              error (0, errno, _("cannot read symbolic link %s"),
                     quote (filename));

2. statfs fails:
  int i = statfs (filename, &statfsbuf);

  if (i == -1)
      error (0, errno, _("cannot read file system information for %s"),
             quote (filename));

3. stat fails:
  int i = ((follow_links == 1)
           ? stat (filename, &statbuf)
           : lstat (filename, &statbuf));

  if (i == -1)
      error (0, errno, _("cannot stat %s"), quote (filename));

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
Example for 3 above:
1. $ stat /foo/bar (/foo/bar must not exist)
2. $ echo $?
Actual results:
$ stat /foo/bar
stat: cannot stat `/foo/bar': No such file or directory
$ echo $?

Expected results:
$ stat /foo/bar
stat: cannot stat `/foo/bar': No such file or directory
$ echo $?

Additional info:
This bug does not exist in FC6's coreutils. Upstream has moved to using bool
return types for do_stat, print_stat & friends. This is propagated back to main
and checked here:

  for (i = optind; i < argc; i++)
    ok &= (fs
           ? do_statfs (argv[i], terse, secure, format)
           : do_stat (argv[i], follow_links, terse, secure, format));


In RHEL-4 there is a global G_fail that is checked in a similar way:

  for (i = optind; i < argc; i++)
      if (fs == 0)
        do_stat (argv[i], follow_links, terse, secure, format);
        do_statfs (argv[i], terse, secure, format);

  exit (G_fail ? EXIT_FAILURE : EXIT_SUCCESS);

Proposed patch attached that used G_fail to propagate the error back to main
where we exit with EXIT_FAILURE.

Comment 1 Bryn M. Reeves 2007-03-05 17:14:55 UTC
Created attachment 149269 [details]
patch to set G_fail=1 in error branches

Comment 4 Tim Waugh 2007-07-30 14:29:06 UTC
*** Bug 249465 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 11 errata-xmlrpc 2007-11-15 16:09:22 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
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