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SubjectRe: POSSIBLE BUG: certain writes to pipe block (after select())
On Tue, Nov 25, 2003 at 01:20:18PM +0100, Ondrej Jombik wrote:
> [ Please CC me in the answer as I am not in the list. ]
>
> I discovered that certain writes to filedescriptor created with pipe()
> system call will block even if select() previously returned change on
> that filedescriptor -- of course select() returned change in "write"
> fd_set.
>
> While doing a deep investigation, I find out, that this write only
> blocks if more than 4096 bytes are written. This is certain for 2.4.20,
> 2.4.21 and 2.6.0-test7 kernels. Other kernels were untested. What is
> more interesting is the fact, that PIPE_BUF kernel constant (defined in
> the file /usr/include/linux/limits.h) has value equal to 4096 bytes.
>
> So when writting 4097 bytes write() blocks. When writting 4096 bytes it
> does not. However I had never seen during my information hunt an
> information, that only maximum PIPE_BUF bytes can be written into
> filedescriptor created with pipe() system call. I think this is the
> point of the whole thing, but I'm confused why this is not written
> anywhere.
>
> But anyway, I would like to mention, that expected behaviour is, that
> write() will write 4096 bytes (so return value from write() syscall is
> 4096) and the rest should be up to user. So it has to be userspace deal
> to wait for writing remaining byte(s).

This is correct behavior. popen opens the file descriptors
with having default flags. Therefore they have blocking
enabled. See fcntl(2).
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