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Re: File descriptor leak in nested functions

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: File descriptor leak in nested functions
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 09:35:17 -0400
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On 4/18/10 1:33 AM, Dennis Williamson wrote:
> For those who might be interested, here's a much simpler function that
> exhibits the same kind of leak and doesn't involve nested functions.
> fd_leaker() { while :; do read a < <(pwd); c=(/proc/$$/fd/*);
> address@hidden; echo $c; done; }
> For some reason, adding "(exit 0); " right before the "done" seems to
> limit the creation of extra file descriptors.
> The problem seems to be related to read and subshells.

Not quite.  The problem has to do with process substitution and builtins.


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