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* [bug] segfault upon empty argv[]
@ 2021-05-23  6:18 Stephane Chazelas
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From: Stephane Chazelas @ 2021-05-23  6:18 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Running zsh with an empty argv[] (not even argv[0]), here using perl:

$ echo 'echo "$0"' | strace -e execve perl -e 'exec { "./Src/zsh" } ()'
execve("/usr/bin/perl", ["/usr/bin/perl", "-e", "exec { \"./Src/zsh\" } ()"], 0x565047233358 /* 51 vars */) = 0
execve("./Src/zsh", [], 0x561425bbf300 /* 51 vars */) = 0
--- SIGSEGV {si_signo=SIGSEGV, si_code=SEGV_MAPERR, si_addr=NULL} ---
+++ killed by SIGSEGV (core dumped) +++
zsh: done                              echo 'echo "$0"' |
zsh: segmentation fault (core dumped)  strace -e execve perl -e 'exec { "./Src/zsh" } ()'

(gdb) bt
#0  __strlen_avx2 () at ../sysdeps/x86_64/multiarch/strlen-avx2.S:65
#1  0x00005555555bb72d in init_jobs (argv=0x7fffffffde98, envp=0x7fffffffdea0) at jobs.c:2035
#2  0x00005555555b5102 in zsh_main (argc=0, argv=0x7fffffffde98) at init.c:1722
#3  0x000055555556bd65 in main (argc=0, argv=0x7fffffffde98) at ./main.c:93

To be fair, few shells (or other utilities) handle that
pathological case.

bash, mksh do and their $0 expands to bash, mksh respectively
(regardless of the basename of the interpreter being executed
which means bash is not running in sh mode when /bin/sh is
executed for instance, but that's fine as argv[0] is not sh and
doesn't end in /sh anyway and there's no portable way that I
know to get the path by which you've been executed).

And dash:

$ echo 'echo "${0-unset}"' | perl -e 'exec { "dash" } ()'
$ echo 'echo "${0-unset"' | perl -e 'exec { "dash" } ()'
sh: 2: Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string

($0 unset but name falls back to "sh" in error messages at


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