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bug#12040: 24.1.50; `term' hangs on FreeBSD 10.0-CURRENT without pty(4)

From: Jan Beich
Subject: bug#12040: 24.1.50; `term' hangs on FreeBSD 10.0-CURRENT without pty(4)
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 05:10:03 -0500

(cc'ing Robert in case I misread glibc code)

Glenn Morris <address@hidden> writes:

> Jan Beich wrote:
>> A few ways to solve this:
>> - use openpty() in -lutil like darwin
>> - add use posix_openpt() support
> Thanks for the patches.
> Do you (or anyone else) have a feeling for which is the best?

I'd go with less wrappers - posix_openpt(). And also use it on netbsd,
dragonfly and probably darwin.

openpty() is implemented via posix_openpt() in libutil on recent freebsd.

posix_openpt() is a syscall on (k)freebsd. And /dev/ptmx only exists if
pty(4) is loaded, not sure how it affects binaries under linuxulator.

> As written the posix_openpt one changes the behaviour on gnu-linux
> platforms to use posix_openpt instead of getpt.

In glibc/linux case getpt() is implemented via posix_openpt():

  // sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/getpt.c
  __getpt (void)
    int fd = __posix_openpt (O_RDWR);
    if (fd == -1)
      fd = __bsd_getpt ();
    return fd;

In glibc/kfreebsd case getpt() iterates over /dev/ptyXX which won't work
without pty(4) in kernel.

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