bash silently ceases execution of a script when encountering a null char

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Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • bash

Issue

  • bash silently ceases execution of a script when encountering a null char, when it is sourced in another script
  • The script runs fine by itself
  • Other shells either bypass the NULL character or throw an error

Resolution

  • The fix has been released in errata RHSA-2011-1073 in bash-3.2-32.el5.

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