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Re: cygwin-1.5.19-2: mkdir returns inconsistent errno
Alex Riesen, Thu, Jan 26, 2006 17:21:21 +0100:
> > > > > This is highly unexpected, does not match linux behaviour
> > > > > (it returns EEXIST), and actually breaks git (git clone,
> > > > > creation of pathnames, to be precise).
> > > >
> > > > Then git has a bug. Report it there. To be portable
> > > > when making pathnames, you must first check
> > > > for directory existance rather than relying on an
> > > > errno of EEXIST to tell you the directory exists.
> > >
> > > How do you do it race-free?
> > chdir(). If chdir() succeeded, then the directory existed,
> > regardless of the errno that mkdir() reported.
> > Take a look at gnulib's mkdir-p.c module:
> > http://cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewcvs/gnulib/lib/mkdir-p.c?rev=1.5&root=gnulib&view=auto
> Very interesting! Thank you for this and the other references.
> I'm given hope! :)
This was a bit prematurely. There is a big problem with this aproach:
it changes current directory of the process. So you can't really use
it in multithreaded or signalled environment.
So chdir is not a real solution. Is it really that hard to workaround
the problem in cygwin?
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