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bug#20214: Nohup input redirection inconsistent with documentation

From: Isaac Schwabacher
Subject: bug#20214: Nohup input redirection inconsistent with documentation
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:34:10 -0500

On 15-03-27, Jim Meyering  wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 3:11 PM, Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Isaac Schwabacher wrote:
> >
> >> This is confusing at best
> >
> > Yes, at the very least the documentation should be improved. I installed
> > the attached patch to try to do that.
> >
> >> Is it really better for a read on stdin to fail with EBADF rather than
> >> simply returning EOF
> >
> > It depends on whether we want GNU nohup to be a universal donor or a
> > universal acceptor. Right now it's more the former (if a program works with
> > GNU nohup it should be portable to other nohup platforms); a nohup that
> > makes stdin read from /dev/null would be more "accepting" of badly-written
> > code developed elsewhere. I suppose I could be talked into that,
> > particularly given Matlab's misbehavior here. Jim?
> My rationale (didn't check and assume it was I) was that it is
> better to fail in a way more likely to alert the incautious user
> that they have misused the tool, rather than to silently
> accept questionable usage.
> Considering it has been this way for 10 years, and has
> exposed real bugs in client code, I am inclined to prefer
> the existing behavior.

Fair enough.

> Don't shoot the messenger?

You mean the MATLAB rep who informed me that I could work around the land mine 
by not stepping on it? :P

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