Re: [PATCH 2.4] sys_select() return error on bad file

From: Armin Schindler
Date: Mon Mar 15 2004 - 05:34:11 EST

On Sun, 14 Mar 2004, Manfred Spraul wrote:
> Marcelo wrote:
> >>
> >> Anyway, I don't see how your proposal would do better performance?
> >> My patch just adds a new variable on the stack, which should not make any
> >> difference in performance. And later, it is the same if the new or another
> >> variable gets changed or checked.
> >
> >Curiosity: Does SuS/POSIX define behaviour for "all fds are closed" ?
> >
> >
> I'd interpret SuS that a closed fd is ready for reading and writing:
> From the select page:
> <<<
> A descriptor shall be considered ready for reading when a call to an
> input function with O_NONBLOCK clear would not block, whether or not the
> function would transfer data successfully. (The function might return
> data, an end-of-file indication, or an error other than one indicating
> that it is blocked, and in each of these cases the descriptor shall be
> considered ready for reading.)
> <<<
> read(fd,,) will return immediately with EBADF, thus the fd is ready.
> But that's a grey area, especially if you close the fd during the select
> call. For example HP UX just kills the current process if an fd that is
> polled is closed by overwriting it with dup2. I didn't test select, but
> I'd expect a similar behavior.
> Armin: did you compare the Linux behavior with other unices? Are there
> other unices that return EBADF for select() if all fds are closed?

No, I didn't compare yet, but I could not find any definition on that. It
really seems to be a "grey area".

> Attached is an untested proposal, against 2.6, but I'm not sure if it's
> really a good idea to change the current code - it might break existing
> apps.

This patch should also work on 2.4 and looks good to me, if "ready" should
be returned instead of EBADF. I don't think this would break existing
apps. Without such a patch, the app would sleep forever unless a signal
arrives. If any app depends on that behavior, I think it is bad coded.


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