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


From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Solaris 7 select() may hang on a /dev/null fd when timeout == NULL
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 23:35:33 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

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

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....)

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

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




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