Ignores –color=always in GREP_OPTIONS

24. tammikuuta 2012 klo 21.57
Sijainti: Vianhallintajärjestelmät: Launchpad
Avainsanat: grep

(Doing this in reverse order, as I think the steps are best represented by what I actually type in.)

I’m a newbie who tries to do the nasty and make grep output always colored using GREP_OPTIONS. I have a file called test, with numbers 1-9 each on its own line.

What I expect to happen:
For all the numbers I grep from my file except 2 to be colored.

What actually happens:
Neither when preceding the grep with GREP_OPTIONS when I grep 4, nor when GREP_OPTIONS is exported prior to grepping 5, is the resulting output colored.

What does work:
Passing –color=always as a genuine grep parameter. Passing (for example) -V in GREP_OPTIONS either on the same line or exported.

Additional notes:
This crippling might be some kind of a safety measure to prevent all the breakage that doing what I’m attempting to do risks inflicting on the system. But I’ve not been able to find any documentation about such a design decision having been made, and in contrast, the man page to my understanding implies that this should, in fact, work.

Steps to reproduce:

jani@saegusa:~$ printenv | grep -i grep
jani@saegusa:~$ grep 1 test # colored
jani@saegusa:~$ grep 2 test | cat # not colored
jani@saegusa:~$ grep –color=always 3 test | cat # colored
jani@saegusa:~$ GREP_OPTIONS=’–color=always’ grep 4 test | cat # NOT colored!
jani@saegusa:~$ export GREP_OPTIONS=’–color=always’
jani@saegusa:~$ grep 5 test | cat # NOT colored!
jani@saegusa:~$ export GREP_OPTIONS=’-V’
jani@saegusa:~$ grep 6 test | cat # control
grep (GNU grep) 2.10
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Tekijät: Mike Haertel ja muut, katso .

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