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Re: [Bug-gnulib] Solaris 7 select() may hang on a /dev/null fd when time

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Solaris 7 select() may hang on a /dev/null fd when timeout == NULL
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 13:39:55 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

"Mark D. Baushke" <mdb@cvshome.org> writes:

> Did the rest of the submission match the requisite coding and naming
> standards?

Yes, it looked fine to me from that point of view, in my admittedly
cursory scan.

> The problem has been reported. I am waiting to hear what (if anything)
> Sun is prepared to do about it.

If they merely report it as a bug, nothing will happen.
(It was reported as a bug in 1999 and nothing happened. :-)
They have to escalate it.

>> As SunOS 5.7 support dies in August, perhaps sunos57-select should
>> have a limited lifespan.
> What would you suggest as a limited lifespan? One year? Two years?

I'm not sure, really.  It is part of a larger problem.  There is a lot
of deadwood in Autoconf and in gnulib, which talks about ancient hosts
that nobody uses any more, and at some point we should decide how to
handle it.  We have no mechanism now for this.  I guess I was thinking
we could make sunos57-select a sort of guinea pig for this.  But
perhaps it's not the best candidate.

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