snapshot 20050114 race (on list)

Christopher Faylor
Sat Jan 22 21:35:00 GMT 2005

On Sat, Jan 22, 2005 at 04:28:13PM -0500, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>On Sat, Jan 22, 2005 at 04:25:28PM -0500, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>>On Mon, Jan 17, 2005 at 10:25:51PM -0500, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
>>>At 10:15 PM 1/17/2005 -0500, you wrote:
>>>>On Mon, Jan 17, 2005 at 09:30:11PM -0500, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
>>>>>It's not a Cygwin handle.  It's an internal Windows handle to the
>>>>>current working directory.  Ah! Doing a chdir to C:\ just before
>>>>>alerting would fix this, except in the case of being terminated.
>>>>If the process is terminated wouldn't this be a non-issue?
>>>It depends on the timing between the pipe being closed by Windows
>>>and the cwd handle being closed. This won't keep me awake.
>>I put the SetCurrentDirectory suggestion into the latest cygwin but it
>>just occurred to me that this needs to be called unconditionally since
>>an execed child could exit prior to the stub exiting so, something like:
>>  int bar;
>>  mkdir ("/foo", 0777);
>>  chdir ("/foo");
>>  if (!fork ())
>>    exec ("/bin/pwd");
>>  wait (&bar);
>>  chdir ("/");
>>  rmdir ("/foo");
>>wouldn't be guaranteed to work since there could be a stub that was
>>still cd'ed to "/foo" even after "/bin/pwd" has finished executing.
>Oh *@#$%!
>Keeping the SetCurrentDirectory in exit won't work.  It has to happen
>prior to the exec or there's still a race.

...but if you do it before the exec you'll screw up native windows processes...

Ah, the fun.


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