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SubjectRe: PROBLEM: I/O system call never returns if file desc is closed in the


On Thu, 7 Jun 2001, Matthias Urlichs wrote:

> Select is defined as to return, with the appropriate bit set, if/when
> a nonblocking read/write on the file descriptor won't block. You'd
> get EBADF in this case, therefore causing the select to return would
> be a Good Thing.

Bzzert. Wrong. It may easily block. open() from another thread might
grab that descriptor just fine.

If you close descriptors being polled - don't try IO on them once
select()/poll() returns. Regardless of aborting select().

> A related problem is that the second thread my be inside a blocking
> read() instead of a select() call. It'd never continue. :-(

Yes. So close() doesn't abort read(). Why would it?

Operations like read, select, etc. act of files. Not on descriptors.

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