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Re: read -t 0 anomaly


From: Pierre Gaston
Subject: Re: read -t 0 anomaly
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:51:00 +0300

On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM, Kunszt Árpád <
address@hidden> wrote:

> I tried to use "read -t 0" to check if there is any data on the STDIN or
> not.
>
> The man page said:
>
> If timeout is 0, read returns success if input is available on the
> specified file descriptor, failure otherwise.
>
> Maybe I made a mistake but I tested and I got variable results:
>
> address@hidden ~ $ for(( i=0; i<10; i++ )); do echo -n "a" | read -t 0 ;
> echo $?; done | sort | uniq -c
>      10 0
> address@hidden ~ $ for(( i=0; i<10; i++ )); do echo -n "a" | read -t 0 ;
> echo $?; done | sort | uniq -c
>       8 0
>       2 1
> address@hidden ~ $ for(( i=0; i<10; i++ )); do echo -n "a" | read -t 0 ;
> echo $?; done | sort | uniq -c
>      10 0
>
> I tried this on 2 machines with the same results:
>
> GNU bash, version 4.1.5(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)
> GNU bash, 4.2.45(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) verzió
>
>
> Am I doing something wrong? Did I misunderstand the documentation? Or is
> there a race condition?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Arpad Kunszt


There is a race condition, you cannot know if echo will run before read.


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