Select with device and stdin not working

From: M. Tavasti (
Date: Wed Jul 25 2001 - 07:17:14 EST

I found this problem first time in 2.2 kernels, when doing own device
driver. Then it was not an issue for me, and I suspected it's my
fault. Now, with 2.4 again I tried to solve problem, but I can't find
my way out of this, and looks like there in-kernel drivers which have
same symptoms.

Here program where I get problems:

int fd;
fd_set rfds;

fd = open("/dev/random", O_RDWR );

while(1) {
        if( select(fd+1, &rfds, NULL, NULL, NULL ) > 0) {
                if(FD_ISSET(fd,&rfds)) {
                } else if(FD_ISSET(fileno(stdin),&rfds) ) {

Select is working fine for device (in this example /dev/random) or
stdin. But for both, not. When entering something to stdin, it's not
sure select will return.

I haven't tested is this problem present in all devices, but at least
/dev/random is infected. And if problem lies only in some of the
drivers, it would be nice to know which driver haves decent
implementation of poll and get others updated.

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M. Tavasti /  /   +358-40-5078254
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