[klibc] [klibc:update-dash] dash: expand: Do not quote backslashes in unquoted parameter expansion

klibc-bot for Herbert Xu herbert at gondor.apana.org.au
Sat Mar 28 14:49:09 PDT 2020

Commit-ID:  6b0cf885180cfb08f7ec5139e67e581bbba5d6be
Gitweb:     http://git.kernel.org/?p=libs/klibc/klibc.git;a=commit;h=6b0cf885180cfb08f7ec5139e67e581bbba5d6be
Author:     Herbert Xu <herbert at gondor.apana.org.au>
AuthorDate: Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:37:51 +0800
Committer:  Ben Hutchings <ben at decadent.org.uk>
CommitDate: Sat, 28 Mar 2020 21:42:55 +0000

[klibc] dash: expand: Do not quote backslashes in unquoted parameter expansion

[ dash commit 3311816551591b60ab0e14f94701bb0f2e19a71f ]

On Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 07:25:20PM +0200, Martijn Dekker wrote:
> Op 26-03-18 om 17:38 schreef Harald van Dijk:
> > And not by dash 0.5.4. Like I wrote, dash 0.5.5 had some bugs that were
> > fixed in 0.5.6, which mostly restored the behaviour to match <0.5.5.
> Ah, sorry. dash 0.5.4 and earlier don't compile on my system, so they
> are not included in my conveniently accessible arsenal of test shells.
> > As for my patches, that was by accident and doesn't work reliably. When
> > the shell sees no metacharacters, pathname expansion is bypassed, and
> > backslash isn't considered a metacharacter. Which got me to my original
> > example of /de\v: there are no metacharacters in there, so the shell
> > doesn't look to see if it matches anything. Which seems highly
> > desirable: the shell shouldn't need to hit the file system for words not
> > containing metacharacters. The only way then to get consistent behaviour
> > is if the backslash is taken as quoted, so I'm not tempted to argue for
> > the behaviour you're hoping for, sorry. :)

Here is a better example:

	a="/*/\nullx" b="/*/\null"; printf "%s\n" $a $b

dash currently prints


bash prints


You may argue the bash behaviour is inconsistent but it actually
makes sense.  What happens is that quote removal only applies to
the original token as seen by the shell.  It is never applied to
the result of parameter expansion.

Now you may ask why on earth does the second line say "/dev/null"
instead of "/dev/\null".  Well that's because it is not the quote
removal step that removed the backslash, but the pathname expansion.

The fact that the /de\v does not become /dev even though it exists
is just the result of the optimisation to avoid unnecessarily
calling stat(2).  I have checked POSIX and I don't see anything
that forbids this behaviour.

So going back to dash yes I think we should adopt the bash behaviour
for pathname expansion and keep the existing case semantics.

This patch does exactly that.  Note that this patch does not work
unless you have already applied


because otherwise the optimisation mentioned above does not get
detected correctly and we will end up doing quote removal twice.

This patch also updates expmeta to handle naked backslashes at
the end of the pattern which is now possible.

Signed-off-by: Herbert Xu <herbert at gondor.apana.org.au>
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <ben at decadent.org.uk>

 usr/dash/expand.c | 9 ++++-----
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/usr/dash/expand.c b/usr/dash/expand.c
index 3abfa0c4..59a202cb 100644
--- a/usr/dash/expand.c
+++ b/usr/dash/expand.c
@@ -849,8 +849,7 @@ memtodest(const char *p, size_t len, const char *syntax, int quotes) {
 		if (c) {
 			if ((quotes & QUOTES_ESC) &&
 			    ((syntax[c] == CCTL) ||
-			     (((quotes & EXP_FULL) || syntax != BASESYNTAX) &&
-			      syntax[c] == CBACK)))
+			     (syntax != BASESYNTAX && syntax[c] == CBACK)))
 		} else if (!(quotes & QUOTES_KEEPNUL))
@@ -1341,7 +1340,7 @@ expmeta(char *name, unsigned name_len, unsigned expdir_len)
 		} else {
-			if (*p == '\\')
+			if (*p == '\\' && p[1])
 			if (p[esc] == '/') {
 				if (metaflag)
@@ -1355,7 +1354,7 @@ expmeta(char *name, unsigned name_len, unsigned expdir_len)
 		p = name;
 		do {
-			if (*p == '\\')
+			if (*p == '\\' && p[1])
 			*enddir++ = *p;
 		} while (*p++);
@@ -1367,7 +1366,7 @@ expmeta(char *name, unsigned name_len, unsigned expdir_len)
 	if (name < start) {
 		p = name;
 		do {
-			if (*p == '\\')
+			if (*p == '\\' && p[1])
 			*enddir++ = *p++;
 		} while (p < start);

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