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bug#16582: Bug: tramp shell command doesn't read stdin

From: Michael Albinus
Subject: bug#16582: Bug: tramp shell command doesn't read stdin
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:35:45 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Sylvain Chouleur <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi,

Hi Sylvain,

> I don't understand what was this problem of long command lines
> (Bug#16045): I've tried to execute shell comands with huge command
> lines and all were successfull.
> To keep the approach of splitting the lines, I would suggest something
> like that:
> exec /bin/bash -c "
> commands
> on
> multiple lines
> "
> But this needs to backslash all shell specific characters, and I don't
> know if there is really benefit compared to the original solution
> (before <<EOF)
> What do you think?

The use case which has triggered the Bug#16045 is rgrep. Run `M-x rgrep'
on a remote directory. This issues a command like this (in one line!):

find . -type d \( -path \*/SCCS -o -path \*/RCS -o -path \*/CVS -o -path
\*/MCVS -o -path \*/.svn -o -path \*/.git -o -path \*/.hg -o -path
\*/.bzr -o -path \*/_MTN -o -path \*/_darcs -o -path \*/\{arch\} \)
-prune -o \! -type d \( -name .\#\* -o -name \*.o -o -name \*\~ -o -name
\*.bin -o -name \*.lbin -o -name \*.so -o -name \*.a -o -name \*.ln -o
-name \*.blg -o -name \*.bbl -o -name \*.elc -o -name \*.lof -o -name
\*.glo -o -name \*.idx -o -name \*.lot -o -name \*.fmt -o -name \*.tfm
-o -name \*.class -o -name \*.fas -o -name \*.lib -o -name \*.mem -o
-name \*.x86f -o -name \*.sparcf -o -name \*.dfsl -o -name \*.pfsl -o
-name \*.d64fsl -o -name \*.p64fsl -o -name \*.lx64fsl -o -name
\*.lx32fsl -o -name \*.dx64fsl -o -name \*.dx32fsl -o -name \*.fx64fsl
-o -name \*.fx32fsl -o -name \*.sx64fsl -o -name \*.sx32fsl -o -name
\*.wx64fsl -o -name \*.wx32fsl -o -name \*.fasl -o -name \*.ufsl -o
-name \*.fsl -o -name \*.dxl -o -name \*.lo -o -name \*.la -o -name
\*.gmo -o -name \*.mo -o -name \*.toc -o -name \*.aux -o -name \*.cp -o
-name \*.fn -o -name \*.ky -o -name \*.pg -o -name \*.tp -o -name \*.vr
-o -name \*.cps -o -name \*.fns -o -name \*.kys -o -name \*.pgs -o -name
\*.tps -o -name \*.vrs -o -name \*.pyc -o -name \*.pyo \) -prune -o
-type f \( -name \* -o -name .\* \) -exec grep -i -nH -e emacs {} +

It didn't work with the previous Tramp command invocation, I could
reproduce it locally. The changed command invocation, using a
here-document, allows to execute the command.

I understand your problem, and I would like to keep the previous command
invocation method, but I don't know how to do. Breaking the command into
several lines, escaped with "\\\n", doesn't work, because finally the
shell interpreter removes those line breaks, and it is confronted with
the long line, again.

If somebody has a better idea, I would be happy to implement.

Best regards, Michael.

PS: Sorry for the late reply. I've seen your message on the Tramp ML as
well, but I'm too busy just now for answering in short time.

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