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Breaking slackpkg in unexpected ways

by on Jul.04, 2014, under Software

I just ran into something funny:

root@machine:~$ slackpkg update

Your slackpkg.conf is outdated. Please, edit it using
as example or overwrite it with

You can use 'slackpkg new-config' to do that.


Huh. I didn’t do anything weird with slackpkg….
Waaait a minute…

root@machine:~$ unset GREP_OPTIONS
root@machine:~$ slackpkg update
# Cut out the fetching of Changelog.txt
No changes in ChangeLog.txt between your last update and now.
Do you really want to download all other files (y/N)?

Apparently slackpkg breaks if you set GREP_OPTIONS to “–color=always”. Good to know for when I break it this way next time 😉

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