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Re: Bad interaction between CVS and ssh due to libc

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Bad interaction between CVS and ssh due to libc
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 03:10:22 -0700 (PDT)

> From: prj@po.cwru.edu (Paul Jarc)
> Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2002 14:25:20 -0400
> Derek Robert Price <derek@ximbiot.com> wrote:
> > I assume they have different file table entries in the kernel
> > because stderr can be set to nonblock without doing the same to
> > stdout.  I need to know when the two file descriptors point to the
> > same file table entry (i.e. $ cvs <whatever> 2>&1).
> Ah.  So frob the flags on one of them and see if the other one changes
> too; then restore the original flags.  This still isn't perfect, for
> the same reason that the problem exists: another process with a copy
> of the same descriptor could be messing around with flags at the same
> time.  But that seems unlikely in the cases where the problem appears.

Since (as you mention) this optimization isn't safe, then I wouldn't
do it.  For this particular application, it's just an optimization to
check for the same file table entries; it's OK to omit the
optimization if it isn't safe.

In contrast, the st_dev+st_ino optimization is safe, since it doesn't
make any assumptions about what other processes are doing.

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