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Re: [Bug-gnulib] Solaris 7 select() may hang on a /dev/null fd when time

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Solaris 7 select() may hang on a /dev/null fd when timeout == NULL
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 00:20:42 -0700

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Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

> "Mark D. Baushke" <address@hidden> writes:
> > I would like to see it or something like it added
> > to the GNULIB project.
> Does any package other than CVS care about working around this bug?

I do not know of any at present.

> If not, I'd rather just leave this stuff in the CVS source code for
> now.

I can add it to the CVS source for now. I suppose it could always be
made available via GNULIB later if there is a need in the next year or
so before Solaris 7 becomes unsupported.

> If so, I'd rather call the new module and the source files something
> like fairly specialized like "sunos57-select" or something like that.
> There are lots of reasons to want "select" replacements, and this
> module is just one of them.

You raise a reasonable point. I will plan on using the sunos57-select
name for the CVS version.

Did the rest of the submission match the requisite coding and naming

> One other point.  SunOS 5.7 (aka Solaris 7) is getting up there in
> age.  Sun will stop supporting it (i.e., they will stop fixing any
> bugs in it) on 2005-08-15.  So if you have any users that are relying
> on SunOS 5.7, I suggest that they contact Sun on their software
> support contracts and have this kernel bug fixed now, since Sun will
> refuse to fix it ten months from now.  (And if no users are willing to
> do this, perhaps it's not all that important for CVS to work around
> the bug....)

The problem has been reported. I am waiting to hear what (if anything)
Sun is prepared to do about it.

> If Sun no longer supports an OS then to some extent it's a waste of
> our resources to having the GNU project support it.  

Okay, I understand.

> As SunOS 5.7 support dies in August, perhaps sunos57-select should
> have a limited lifespan.

What would you suggest as a limited lifespan? One year? Two years?

> PS.  That bug goes back at least to SunOS 5.5.1, by the way.  It was
> fixed in SunOS 5.8.  See:
> http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=772hjs%244k6%241%40empoli.tasking.nl
> http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=casper.936708780%40uk-usenet.uk.sun.com

Okay, thank you for the pointer.

        -- Mark
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