Re: Bug in open() function (?)

Date: Sat Jul 12 2003 - 00:11:12 EST

On Fri, 11 Jul 2003 20:38:09 PDT, Andrew Morton said:
> "J.C. Wren" <> wrote:
> >
> > I was playing around today and found that if an existing file is opened wit
> > 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....


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