lcd() context with local() and CDPATH includes output of cd command #980

erlkonig opened this Issue Sep 13, 2013 · 2 comments


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When using something like

with lcd(target_dir):
       output = local('...........')

while the environment variable CDPATH is present, Bash will output what directory it ends up in the target_dir was a simple name (no slashes). The docs (for cd()) suggest that running a command ends up doing "cd target_dir && command", but if CDPATH is present the model would need to be "cd target_dir >/dev/null && command" to be reliable. Otherwise the command's output will have a generally unanticipated prefixed directory name, and horribly break some fab jobs for only certain users.

Alternatively, fab could unset CDPATH by default, and be documented as doing so, though there is a small chance some nutter is using that extra output deliberately.

@sivy sivy added the Needs patch label Apr 13, 2015
sivy commented Apr 13, 2015

This is probably ok, but need to look at how cd and lcd are implemented to see how large a change this is.

@bitprophet bitprophet pushed a commit that closed this issue Apr 13, 2015
Steve Ivy Fixes #980 - Route output of cd to dev/null
In the corner case where CDPATH is used, `cd` outputs the
directory that was `cd`'d to. To keep this output from
messing up commands, redirect output to /dev/null.
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