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--- Comment #1 from Mateusz Guzik <> ---
basename is allowed to modify the passes buffer. This is documented on both
FreeBSD and Linux. In the attached example the string is immutable, an attempt
to modify it is undefined behavior and a crash (as observed) the likely

The FreeBSD implementation happens to always at least add a NUL-byte which
triggers the crash here, while Linux one does not modify the string if there is
nothing to do.

The program will trivially crash if the string is modified to get basename to
operate, e.g. by adding trailing slashes: "/home/tags///".

Finally, the Linux manpage explicitly shows usage with a copied buffer:

       The following code snippet demonstrates the use of basename() and
           char *dirc, *basec, *bname, *dname;
           char *path = "/etc/passwd";

           dirc = strdup(path);
           basec = strdup(path);
           dname = dirname(dirc);
           bname = basename(basec);
           printf("dirname=%s, basename=%s\n", dname, bname);

That said, there is no bug in the FreeBSD version and the code does not crash
on Linux because of a combination of an artifact of the implementation and the
passed argument. FreeBSD variant can be modified to match but there is real
benefit to it.

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