Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

#9811 closed defect

sage exits with 0, even if it is unable to install a package. — at Initial Version

Reported by: drkirkby Owned by: GeorgSWeber
Priority: major Milestone: sage-4.7.2
Component: scripts Keywords: sage-sage return code status pipestatus tee
Cc: leif, mpatel, jhpalmieri Merged in:
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I wanted to do some testing of Sage in a loop and would check the return code to see if what I used worked or not. But this is impossible, as Sage appears to exit with 0, even if it should not have. In the example below, I try to install a non-existent package using Sage. The return code in a case like this should be non-zero, but it is not.

drkirkby@hawk:~/sage-4.5.2$ ./sage -f some-non-existant-package
Force installing some-non-existant-package
Calling sage-spkg on some-non-existant-package
Warning: Attempted to overwrite SAGE_ROOT environment variable
Building Sage on Solaris in 64-bit mode
Creating SAGE_LOCAL/lib/sage-64.txt since it does not exist
Detected SAGE64 flag
Building Sage on Solaris in 64-bit mode
SunOS hawk 5.11 snv_134 i86pc i386 i86pc
Deleting directories from past builds of previous/current versions of some-non-existant-package
/export/home/drkirkby/sage-4.5.2/local/bin/sage-spkg: file some-non-existant-package does not exist
Attempting to download it. --> some-non-existant-package.spkg
[ ] --> some-non-existant-package.spkg
[ ] --> some-non-existant-package.spkg
[ ] --> some-non-existant-package.spkg
[ ]
* Unable to download some-non-existant-package
* Please see for a list of valid
* packages or check the package name.
sage: Failed to download package some-non-existant-package from
drkirkby@hawk:~/sage-4.5.2$ $?
bash: 0: command not found

In contrast, if I try this with a well written command like ls

drkirkby@hawk:~/sage-4.5.2$ ls some-non-existant-package
some-non-existant-package: No such file or directory
drkirkby@hawk:~/sage-4.5.2$ $?
bash: 2: command not found

the exit code is non-zero - in this case 2.

Also on a similar theme is #9799, showing that make can exit with the wrong code too.

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