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	While I'm sure I don't have a grasp of "the big picture", I would have 
imagines these would have acted like a mask against the file system
attributes. In effect setting O_RDONLY would clear the write permission bits
read by stat(), and O_WRONLY would clear the read permission bits. O_RDONLY
+ O_WRONLY (O_RDWR) would leave the permissions alone. These would be
applied somewhere around the may_open() call in fs/open_namei.c

A poor mans umaks(), I guess.

--John

On Saturday 12 July 2003 01:11 am, Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Jul 2003 20:38:09 PDT, Andrew Morton said:
> > "J.C. Wren" <jcwren@jcwren.com> wrote:
> > > I was playing around today and found that if an existing file is opened
> > > wit
>
> h
>
> > > O_TRUNC | O_RDONLY, the existing file is truncated.
> >
> > Well that's fairly idiotic, isn't it?
>
> Not idiotic at all, and even if it was, it's still contrary to specific
> language in the manpage.
>
> I could *easily* see some program having a line of code:
>
> if (do_ro_testing) openflags |= O_RDONLY;
>
> I'd not be surprised if J.C. was playing around because a file unexpectedly
> shrank to zero size because of code like this. There's a LOT of programs
> that implement some sort of "don't really do it" option, from "/bin/bash
> -n" to "cdrecord -dummy". So you do something like the above to make your
> file R/O - and O_TRUNC *STILL* zaps the file, in *direct violation* of the
> language in the manpage.
>
> Whoops. Ouch. Where's the backup tapes?
>
> > The Open Group go on to say "The result of using O_TRUNC with O_RDONLY is
> > undefined" which is also rather silly.
> >
> > I'd be inclined to leave it as-is, really.
>
> I hate to think how many programmers are relying on the *documented*
> behavior to prevent data loss during debugging/test runs....
>
> /Valdis

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