cvs commit: src/usr.sbin/portsnap/portsnap

Colin Percival cperciva at
Sat Aug 13 21:53:24 GMT 2005

Colin Percival wrote:
>   This bug was caused by the astonishing interaction of "return" and
>   pipelines; in the following code, the "return" does not exit the
>   function, but instead exits the subshell which was spawned for the last
>   element of the pipeline; consequently, the output produced is "foo".
>   foo() {
>           echo bar | while read baz; do
>                   if [ ${baz} = "bar" ]; then
>                           return 1
>                   fi
>           done
>           echo foo
>   }

For what it's worth, I don't know if the behaviour of our sh(1) is correct
here.  IEEE 1003.1, 2004 Ed. says

"The return utility shall cause the shell to stop executing the current function
or dot script. If the shell is not currently executing a function or dot script,
the results are unspecified."

and I don't see any mention of not returning from a function just because we
happen to be inside a subshell.

Colin Percival

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