Ticket #689 (closed Bugs: fixed)

Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

[program_options] Endless loop with long default arguments

Reported by: ensc Owned by: vladimir_prus
Milestone: Boost 1.42.0 Component: program_options
Version: None Severity: Problem
Keywords: Cc: s.ochsenknecht@…


when using a po::value with a representation of the default value
having a certain length, 'std::cout << opts' will stuck in an endless


#include <boost/program_options.hpp>
#include <string>
#include <iostream>

namespace po = boost::program_options;

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
  po::options_description		opts;
     "the configfile");

  std::cout << opts;

| $ rpm -q boost
| boost-1.33.1-5
| $ g++ foo.c  -lboost_program_options
| $ strace ./a.out
| ...
| write(1, "  -c [ --cfgfile ] arg (=/usr/lo"..., 80  -c [ --cfgfile ] arg (=/usr/local/etc/myprogramXXXXXXXXX/configuration.conf) 
| ) = 80
| write(1, "                                "..., 80                                                                               
| ) = 80
| write(1, "                                "..., 80                                                                               
| ) = 80
| ...

Removing one 'X' will result in an ugly

|   -c [ --cfgfile ] arg (=/usr/local/etc/myprogramXXXXXXXX/configuration.conf) t
|                                                                               h
|                                                                               e
|                                                                               c
|                                                                               o
|                                                                               n
|                                                                               f
|                                                                               i
|                                                                               g
|                                                                               f
|                                                                               i
|                                                                               l
|                                                                               e


It would be nice, when:

- the default value could be moved into the description column
- the description would begin on a new line and an earlier column
  (e.g. 30-40) when option name/default-value are too long (> 30-40


patch1.diff (2.6 KB) - added by s.ochsenknecht@… 8 years ago.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by nobody

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Hit this one as well.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by dlwalker

  • Component changed from None to program_options
  • Severity set to Problem

Changed 8 years ago by s.ochsenknecht@…


comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by s.ochsenknecht@…

I added a patch which solves this ticket.

When printing out all program options it will go to a new line and print out the description on the next line if the first part is too long. The output from the test case will look like the following with the patch:

  -c [ --cfgfile ] arg (=/usr/local/etc/myprogramXXXXXXXX/configuration.conf)
                                        the configfile
  -f [ --fritz ] arg (=/other/file)     the output file

Is it useful? Any comments?

I'm not a boost maintainer, so I'll better to keep the status of this ticket ... :-)

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by Sascha Ochsenknecht <s.ochsenknecht@…>

  • Cc s.ochsenknecht@… added

comment:5 Changed 8 years ago by vladimir_prus

  • Status changed from assigned to closed
  • Resolution changed from None to fixed

(In [57271]) Put description to next line if we'd overflow otherwise. Fixes #689.

Patch from Sascha Ochsenknecht.

comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by vladimir_prus

Sascha, I have applied your patch. I have also added a testcase. Note that your patch had a few formatting changes, which I've left out in order not to mix semantic and formatting changes in one commit.


comment:7 Changed 7 years ago by s_ochsenknecht

  • Milestone set to Boost 1.42.0

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