pwd output changed with coreutils upgrade from 5.2.1-4 to 5.3.0-2
Wed Feb 23 14:17:00 GMT 2005

> Hi all, 
> I'm using the pwd.exe command from a standard winXP command prompt
> ( for building Mozilla ). 
> However, when I upgrade to coreutils 5.3.0-2 I get this weird result:
> C:\devel\lgo\mozilla>pwd
> pwd: reading directory `../../../..'
> Even more strange, is that when I execute pwd from the command prompt, I hear 
> my floppy disk being accessed. 
> Can somebody help me out on this? Is this expected behaviour?

I can reproduce the bug.  It is because coreutils switched in 5.3.0 to using opendir("..")/readdir()/closedir() to find the child directory in .. with the same inode as stat(".").  However, using the readdir() sequence on "/cygdrive":
 a) scans all Windows drives, including floppies (hence the sound of your disk access)
 b) tickles a cygwin bug where closedir() incorrectly returns -1 without setting errno (hence the cryptic error message from pwd)

The bug never bit me in testing because I tested from mount points other than /cygdrive.

Also, there is a known bug in coreutils,, that pwd(1) is not POSIX compliant because it does not have a -L option that defaults to reading $PWD rather than assuming -P and scanning inodes.

Until such time as a cygwin snapshot fixes closedir() to work correctly (hopefully by cygwin 1.5.13), or such time as I release a coreutils with a compiled in hack to ignore the return of closedir if errno is unchanged, you have two workarounds:
 a) rather than using /bin/pwd, use the builtin pwd of /bin/sh or /bin/bash
 b) use mount(1) to ensure that your files can be accessed without having to use /cygdrive as their prefix

Eric Blake

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