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Re: Large COLUMNS crashes zsh

>export COLUMNS=10000000000000000
>When doing this zsh crashes. I know it seems stupid, but wouldn't it be
>sane to ignore such large number, or simply set it to the largest

Probably, but the trouble is there's no single "largest possible".
We've just run into a similar problem with the maximum size of arrays.
If it doesn't crash the shell, it's potentially useful, but we don't
know a priori how large that is.  Some checks on malloc might help, but
that's a big can of worms, too:  once you need it in one place, you need
it all over.  Furthermore, I've got a feeling that on many virtual
memory systems the malloc might succeed but cause havoc later.

Peter Stephenson <pws@xxxxxxx>                  Software Engineer
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