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Re: sort utility goes berzerk (x86_64)

On 2017-11-28 14:37, Doug Henderson wrote:

On Nov 28 08:21, Houder wrote:

On 2017-11-25 14:23, Houder wrote:
> Hi,
> Anyone seeing this as well? sort goes berzerk on my system when piped
> into
> head (or less) when it is fed with a 'specially prepared' input file.
>  - only happens on x86_64
>  - does not happen for 'LC_COLLATE=C sort tt | head'
> 'specially prepared' input file? (see bottom of post).

Anyone ** NOT ** seeing this?

Q0. What is the value of PATH reported by "printenv PATH"? Just to
verify it matches the cygcheck reported path, and to confirm that
cygwin directories proceed windows folders.

64-@@ printenv PATH

Q1. What is output of "which -a sort"? Is there only one sort in the path?

64-@@ which -a sort

Q2. What is output of "sort --version"? Confirm if it is "sort (GNU
coreutils) 8.26".

64-@@ sort --version
sort (GNU coreutils) 8.26
Packaged by Cygwin (8.26-2)

64-@@ /usr/bin/sort --version
sort (GNU coreutils) 8.26
Packaged by Cygwin (8.26-2)

Q3. What happens when you run "sort --check FILE" on a problem file?

64-@@ sort -c tt | head
64-@@ echo $?

Q4. After you kill a hung sort, are there files left over in /tmp? I
am wondering if the problem files are too big to do an in-core sort,
and something goes wrong when it switches to a temp file sort, but not
for smaller or larger input files where it correctly predicts which
type of sort it needs to do. Possibly using the "--buffer-size=N"
option will change the behavior, making smaller input files fail and
failing ones work.

Never noticed any file in /tmp, /usr/tmp and /var/tmp, both while sort
was still running, and after I killed it.

I will experiment with --buffer-size=N


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