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Re: bug#8846: coreutils-8.12 on HP-UX 11.31: 3 of 365 tests failed

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: bug#8846: coreutils-8.12 on HP-UX 11.31: 3 of 365 tests failed
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:19:00 -0600
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On 06/13/2011 07:36 AM, Jim Meyering wrote:
> However, it looks like using "eval" didn't help at all.
> What does this do on that system?
>     sh -c 'e=2; warn_ () { echo "$@" 1>&$e; }; warn_ x'

$ sh -c 'e=2; warn_ () { echo "$@" 1>&$e; }; warn_ x'

> This is what happens via tests/check.mk:
>     printf '#!/bin/sh\ne=9; warn_ () { echo "$@" 1>&$e; }; warn_ x\n' > k
>     sh -c 'exec 9>&2; /bin/sh k'
> Does that evoke a warning for you?


%     sh -c 'exec 9>&2; /bin/sh k'
k: 9: Generated or received a file descriptor number that is not valid.

But I think the reason that it invokes a problem is not because of the
1>&$e construct, but because HP-UX opens secondary file descriptors as
cloexec or otherwise closing them at some point, so the '/bin/sh k'
child process is not inheriting fd 9 from the parent process.

Does anyone know the HP-UX counterpart to Linux' strace in order to see
what syscalls are in use by the HP-UX shell, and why/where fd 9 is
getting closed?

> If so, does hard-coding the "9" help?


Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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