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SubjectRe: find: /proc/<pid>/fd/4: No such file or directory
On Tue, 10 Feb 1998, David Schwartz wrote:

>
>
> >On Tue, 10 Feb 1998, David Schwartz wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> So? Files in the /proc directory can be transient and appear and
> >> disappear at whim.
> >>
> >> DS
> >>
> >
> >Why don't the other fs's have a problem with shadows? You can make
> >ext2 files as transient as they come, and there are no shadows.
> >
> > -Mike
>
>
> I haven't looked closely, but my guess is that this file is for the find
> processes descriptor used to read the directory, and find's code to traverse
> a directory is sufficiently fast that a process switch rarely if ever occurs
> in between when a directory is read and the files inside it are checked.
> Therefore, only the proc entry for the find process itself is vulnerable.
>
> In any event, this behavior is certainly not unreasonable.
>
> DS

I looked as closely as I can for a few days, and it is as you say.
Not a big problem, merely annoying :)

-Mike


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